Stories from Inside: Part 8

March 3, 2014 in Corrections, Justice, 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.

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“Hi my name is [KM] and I have been diagnosed with ADHD while being incarcerated at the Howard R. Young Correctional facility. Since being diagnosed and participating in a 8 week class I have learned a lot. I have learned how to process my ADHD and also what certain symptoms to look for. The most important thing I have learned is that my ADHD has hindered my success a little by not making important notes, which led to my forgetting certain things.”

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