Stories from Inside: Part 14

April 14, 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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  “ADHD impacted my whole adolescence growing up. Mischief played a big part in it as well. Growing up I wasn’t aware of everything like what would happen if I did this, where would I go if I take this car, steal this money, sell drugs, live? My thoughts honestly were of me making sure I had everything I needed to survive in this world. Quick to react to certain situations, not really paying close attention even when I’m trying my hardest. In and out of jail isn’t one, or few of my proudest moments but its something I can look back on and say to myself you’re really trying to take the next best step of making it back to your family.”

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