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The prevalence of ADHD is much higher in people in the correctional system than in the general population. ADHD is estimated to be 5 times higher among youth prisoners and 10 times higher among adult prisoners. If ADHD symptoms are left untreated, the symptoms can create unnecessary challenges in prisons and juvenile facilities.

It is important for clinicians working in correctional settings to be aware of the high prevalence of ADHD, including how to identify, diagnose and safely provide treatment and support to people in the correctional system who have ADHD. Given the high prevalence of ADHD in people in the correctional system, custodial staff and those within the criminal justice system (e.g. police, magistrates, etc) should receive ADHD awareness training.

Download the ADHD in the Correctional System Factsheet below. For more information see recommendations for people with ADHD is the correctional system here. 

Download ADHD in the Correctional System