Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 26963289
Brain Inj 2016;30(4):363-372
OBJECTIVE: The first aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of TBI and epilepsy in a French prison population and to study variables known to be associated with TBI. The second aim was to compare prisoners with and without a history of TBI.
PARTICIPANTS: All offenders (females, males and juveniles) admitted consecutively to Fleury-Mérogis prison over a period of 3 months were included in the study.
DESIGN: During the admission procedure, offenders were interviewed by healthcare staff using a self-reported questionnaire.
RESULTS: In all, 1221 prisoners were included. The rates of TBI and epilepsy were high, with a prevalence of 30.6% and 5.9%, respectively. Psychiatric care, anxiolytic and antidepressant treatment, use of alcohol and cannabis were all significantly higher among offenders with a history of TBI. Moreover, the number of times in custody and the total time spent in jail over the preceding 5 years were significantly higher among offenders with a history of TBI.
CONCLUSIONS: These results provide further evidence that specific measures need to be developed such as, first of all, screening for TBI upon arrival in prison.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26963289