Stories from Inside: Part 3

January 27, 2014 in Pilot Project, Stories From Inside by Kyle Dopfel

We asked participants of the ADHD Corrections Project to share their stories of how ADHD has impacted their lives, and how this might relate to their experience with the criminal justice system. The resulting journal entries, written towards the close of their eight-week group coaching session, were remarkably thoughtful, hopeful, and compelling. While each inmate’s story is unique, we can also recognize in them some of the unfortunate experiences that are all too common among those with ADHD. With the permission of our anonymous authors, we’d now like to share with you these powerful first-person perspectives on the relationship between ADHD and the criminal justice system.

 

Aviary Photo_130345338035518968“I believe ADHD has played a negative role in my life. I think it wrecked my career and possibly my marriage. ADHD could have ruined my completing the Head Start Home program in prison. I truly believe some of the tools I’ve learned in the DOJ. ADHD class is the only reason I will graduate this program. I was having a very hard time with the program until I started taking ADHD class. I use some of the tools daily and for many aspects of my day. I have since been officially been diagnosed with ADHD and intend to follow up with treatment after my release.”

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