Since 2010, women have become the fastest growing population in prisons, increasing at nearly double the rate of men.

University of Delaware nursing professor Kathleen Brewer-Smyth has studied about 770 female inmates in the Mid-Atlantic area. She found almost all of these women suffered from neurological issues and over half also had at least one incarcerated family member.

She studied 135 female inmates to look at the link between neurological problems and having close relatives who’ve been in jail.

Compared to those who didn’t have incarcerated family members, the women who did were more than three times as likely to have been physically and sexually abused as children. Traumatic brain injury was commonly found among them. Read more.

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