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Dream Catchers - Jurisprudence - Michigan prison system

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Jurisprudence TBI and the Michigan prison system - Cyndy Mistead Anzak a long time disability rights leader  will be my special guest Tonight!!! As described by the CDC, many people in prisons and jails are living with traumatic brain injury (TBI)-related problems that complicate their management and treatment while they are incarcerated.

Because most prisoners will be released, these problems will also pose challenges when they return to the community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes TBI in prisons and jails as an important public health problem.

What is known about TBI and related problems in prisons and jails? There are more than two million people currently reside in U.S. prisons and jails. According to jail and prison studies,

25-87% of inmates report having experienced a head injury or TBI as compared to 8.5% in a general population. Prisoners who have had head injuries may also experience mental health problems such as severe depression and anxiety, substance use disorders, difficulty controllinganger, or suicidal thoughts and/or attempts.

I have a particular interest in this topic because my little brother suffered several concussions in his 33 years but very little attention was ever given to him with regard to their effects on him.  Tonight I wish to share with your listeners my brother’s story and why I would love for anyone who is so moved, to contact the Michigan Department of Corrections on my brother’s behalf for his upcoming parole hearing.  I will provide more details and information on your talk show.  I look forward to sharing my family’s story.


Cyndy Milstead Anzek

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