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Out Of ADHD Prison

Finding way out …

On Friday we talked about how to get yourself into prison, especially if you have ADHD.

If it’s something you aspire to, then your impulsivity and lack of executive function can be great tools to help you achieve this goal.

If prison is something you would rather avoid, then it’s best to discover how to manage impulsive behaviour and compensate for a lack of E.F. in advance of becoming responsible for your actions.

And if you don’t, you might end up in the general population of the corrections system. You might end up … in stir, as they say.

Stirring it up

And should that happen, you will apparently have good company if you have ADHD.

The participants in the corrections system’s juvenile program are ten times more likely to have ADHD than the same age group on the outside.

Ten times!

That’s spectacular when you think about it. I’m not sure how that works, to be quite honest, the math eludes me. If the general population has a ten to fifteen percent rate of ADHD, does that mean the population on the inside of the system has a %100 to %150 ADHD rate?

Still, confusing or not, what is being said is that there is a higher incidence of ADHD among young offenders and that increase is significant.

Is that fair?

And given what we know about ADHD, that it is developmental, that it is incurable, and that it responds to mainstream treatment well enough to make peoples lives a great deal better, we have to wonder why people are being punished for their behavior when their behavior is the behavior of someone with a diagnosable disorder.

In other words, we’re putting people in the corrections system for having ADHD, and then likely punishing them for it.

The 5 and dime

The same people that claimed the ten times rate for youth in the system also noted that adult offenders are five times more likely to have ADHD. And that’s an interesting figure.

There is still an idea that some people grow out of ADHD. That’s a myth in my opinion. I’ve never met someone who has told me they “used to have it but not anymore.”

But even if that were true, I doubt that natural remediation could account for cutting the number in half.


I’m pretty sure that, just like a young offender being caught in the act of some crime of adventure, once the inmate is examined closely enough, the ADHD would be caught in the stress of incarceration, it would become apparent, if it were looked for.

And if the examination or it’s results are observed by someone who cares enough, the result might well be treatment that allows the young offender to find a more acceptable means of living in society.

And if this is the case, then perhaps it’s time to put in place a system that would catch more or all of the people with ADHD and shunt them into programs that might make their lives better, and less likely to be revisiting the corrections system.

Or ….

Or maybe, just maybe, they could be found in school, prior to being in the system, and programs could be put in place to assist them in living lives that don’t require the corrections system’s “assistance.”

And how would that be paid for?

Well, what about the money that won’t be needed to house them in jails?

Out Of ADHD Prison

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2016). Out Of ADHD Prison. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 18, 2019, from


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