Study: Half of jailed NYC youths have brain injury

NEW YORK (AP) — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults.

That's according to a new study by New York City doctors. Experts say the findings could lead to better training for guards on how to deal with the symptoms of such trauma.

The study found nearly 50 percent of both boys and girls reported traumatic brain injuries that resulted in unconsciousness and/or amnesia. And they said 55 percent of those injuries were caused by assaults.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says juvenile justice centers in Texas and Virginia have started to study rates of traumatic brain injury and its impact on young offenders.