Stories from Inside: Part 9

March 10, 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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“Through attending these (A.D.H.D. – groups), I’ve learned alot of different ways to cope with my A.D.H.D. For instance, just knowing that I am not alone & that I have resources available to help me if needed. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be given the information to help me upon my release from this hellacious place I put myself in.

Having a release of thoughts in my head with other people who have the same (A.D.H.D. symptoms) I have, really helps me. I also realized also that I will probably find A.D.H.D. groups when I get home to help me, as far as venting to other is concerned”

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