Stories from Inside: Part 15

April 21, 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.


“This class has helped me to understand and no longer be unaware of people with ADHD and people without it. I think that I have learned the effects on ADHD, on people who find themselves in the justice system like myself. The impact that I got from experience is that I’m aware of something that I was ignorant of for years. And now I think that I understand ADHD and can point out ways to deal with kids and adults who has it. ADHD and the biggest impact it has had on me is that it now makes me want to learn more about it and be able to teach it the way that I learned it from my two teachers…”

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