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.
“How does having ADHD effect me while being in the justice system
Being in prison is harder for people with (A.D.H.D.) then for people with out because of the daily things that goes on in a prison life. Like for instance you are going to have people test you not only other inmates but also CO’s. And its hard to keep your kool if you have (ADHD.) You have to worrie about trying to get on the phone with out fighting and then once you finaly get on the phone the COcalls count or shake down shows up and you have to lock in your cell. I was incarcerated on Aug 7, 2012. I was locked in a POD ment to house 40 inmates, with 60 inmates on the POD. I was locked in a one man cell to share with two other inmates. There were only 2 beds so I had no choice but to sleep on the floor 2 feed from the comode.
The conditions were terrible there was mold bugs, several mice and out brakes of Mersia. We had 3 phones for 60 inmates to use with only 2 hours of free time out of our cells a day, It took over 100 days to be indicted, 8 ½ months untill I was sentenced and an additional 2 months befor I was moved from the presentenced side of the prison that’s a total of 14 months in these conditions.
So if you come to jail and you have a mental illness like Bypolar or ADHD making it threw these types of conditions is almost impossible. And on top of all this you are worried about your family and all the other things on the outside like bills, truck, boat, house, and the reality of losing so much is hard to deal with.”