A new study conducted University of Exeter has found that teens and young adults who suffer from a traumatic brain injury were more likely to commit crimes and end up in prison.
In the report, titled Repairing Shattered Lives, researchers led by Professor Huw Williams surveyed around 200 prison inmates and found that over 60 percent admitted to have suffered from some form of brain injury.
The report added that improved treatment and screening for young offenders could reduce crime and save public money.
"The young brain, being a work in progress, is prone to "risk taking". And so it is more vulnerable to getting injured in the first place, and suffering subtle to more severe problems in attention, concentration and managing one's mood and behavior. Brain injury has been shown to be a condition that may increase the risk of offending, and it is also a strong "marker" for other key factors that indicate risk for offending", Williams said.