ADHD and Implications for the Criminal Justice System

By Sam Goldstein, Ph.D. Though much remains to be learned, research has provided the criminal justice community practical insights into Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Dr. Goldstein is a clinical instructor at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City. Interaction between the mental health and criminal justice professions traditionally occurs over issues such as a defendant’s claim of temporary insanity or overt mental disorders exhibited by criminal offenders. Recently, however, professionals in these two fields have begun to explore a broader range of behavioral disorders that could bring individuals into contact with the criminal justice system. This article...

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