Stories from Inside: Part 12
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.
“ADHD, Me and the Justice System
Having ADHD and being in the justice system is not easy. But at the same time it’s good for me because it helps to create more structure and helps to put a routine into perspective. Sometimes in situations like this program I’ll have a responsibility and get sidetracked by something that can create a domino affect and interfere with something important that I was supposed to be doing. Or if someone was supposed to be after me on the phone and someone else starts talking to me and distracts me I’ll leave the phone unattended and someone else will jump on and that’ll cause some havoc.
3 Actions that ensure successful reentry:
1) Take medications as prescribed don’t abuse it
2) Spend spare time wisely with only my son family etc. and stay outta trouble
3) Get a job as soon as I get to the halfway house and focus on developing a career
3 Challenges I’ll face upon reentry:
1) Finding a job with a criminal history and one that is flexible enough to work w me while I’m in the halfway house. I’ll prob have to get some low paying job and work early hours until I’m out of the halfway house. But then I’ll have to wait till then and I’ll get a sales job doing what I was doing, hopefully my contacts from the past are still there
2) Prison has retarded my social skills some and has almost immatured them some. I’ll have to readjust to a strict business setting and try to be more social.
3) Getting readjusted to being a father and getting my son readjusted to me being his father. I’ll just have to spend alot of time with him and assert a little authority at a time”