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Sunday, December 20, 2009
TBI and the Prison Population
The C.D.C. has begun funding studies of TBI's in prisons, another of Jack's interests. He has long believed that all prisoners should get a neuro-psych evaluation as part of their exit routine before being released. The prison environment is ripe for TBI's, and it's also probable that a fair percentage of inmates had a TBI long before being sentenced. (Remember that one of Jack's doctors, Jonathan H. Pincus, in his 2002 book (Base Instincts: What Makes Killers Kill?) theorized, "It is the interaction of childhood abuse with neurologic disturbances and psychiatric illnesses that explains murder.") TBI's fall under the classification of neurologic disturbances, and it makes sense to study their prevalence in the prison population.
TBI, Tallahassee and the Homeless
If you've read this blog much at all, you already know that Jack believes that TBI is a contributing factor to homelessness. He's just not sure how much it contributes because there have been no studies done to check this. One of Jack's ongoing efforts has been to initiate a study to test a sample homeless population for TBI. He is still hopeful that his contacts at Harvard University will bring this plan to fruition.
Jack is a longtime admirer of Mel Eby, the Director of Tallahassee's homeless facility, The Shelter, for more than 20 years. Here's a video that was filmed for Mel's 20th anniversary.
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