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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (February 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594578605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594578601
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,211,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Patrick J. Hurley was a Lieutenant on the Johnson County, Iowa Sheriffs Department for 17 years, he was an Adult Probation/Parole Officer with the 6th District Department of Correctional Services for 5 years. He is currently an ADD/ADHD Life skills coach serving Eastern Iowa. Robert Eme Ph.D. A.B.P.P is a board certified licensed clinical psychologist and professor of clinical psychology at Argosy University, Chicago Northwest Campus. For the past 10 years he taught future clinical psychologists about ADHD. He specializes in the assessment and treatment of ADHD in his private practice. He is a consultant on ADHD to the Illinois Criminal Justice System.

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I related so much to the information and descriptions contained in this book.
Idaho Inmate
I will definitely be recommending this book to the many people involved with the criminal justice system that I work with.
TulsaFedOfFam1
We tracked down most of the research quoted in the book and it seems to be solid.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Idaho Inmate on April 20, 2005
I am currently an inmate at the Idaho Prison in Orofino, Idaho. My name is Richard Eugene Brewer. I was recently sent the book "ADHD and the Criminal Justice System". I was a Ritalin kid growing up, which was before many people really knew much about ADHD. I related so much to the information and descriptions contained in this book. It seemed like the book was almost written about me specifically. The restlessness, inability to sit still and not paying attention in school settings were my classic symptoms.

I feel this book should be a prerequisite for people who are involved in the criminal justice system as it applies to my everyday experiences in life. I feel that we with ADHD are often misunderstood and often times end up in situations that could possibly have been prevented. I sit in prison and watch the news now and see people on the outside having problems that I think could be related to undiagnosed or untreated ADHD and I wish I could let them know about this.

My opinion of this book is that I enjoyed it thoroughly. It was informative and knowledgeable and easy to read. I feel it could have a tremendous positive impact on the Criminal Justice System and how people like me are recognized and treated. I hope it is read on wide scale basis and helps others as much as it helped me.

Richard Brewer

I.C.I.-0. C-2-B-10

Hospital North Drive # 23

Orofino, ID 83544
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TulsaFedOfFam1 on January 9, 2005
My interest in this area is both personal and professional. My own son is ADHD and has been involved with the criminal justice system since the age of 15; I also work as a family advocate with a lot of families dealing with the same situations. The presentation of the data collected, as well as firsthand experience, provides some insightful and timely understanding into the many challenges faced by people with ADHD. I will definitely be recommending this book to the many people involved with the criminal justice system that I work with. Hopefully through education and understanding we can lower the statistics.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Berg on November 3, 2005
As someone who's been recently diagnosed as ADHD, I've been on fire to learn as much as I can about the condition and traits. So far, along with a slew on online articles, I've read "Delivered from Distraction" by long-time expert Edward Hallowell as well as the ADHD memoir by Robert Jergen, "The Little Monster." Both of these books I appreciated for their positive outlook, even in the face of extraordinarily discouraging problems as a result of ADHD. Further, it strikes me as essential that these authors don't try to deny ADHD as just inattentiveness that can be "cured" in 20 minutes (as one book I saw on Amazon did!) or a condition that doesn't require medication. Some children and adults with ADHD perhaps don't need meds, and in fact medication doesn't work for everyone; but it's important that people seeking credible information about ADHD get an objective sense of appropriate and helpful treatment options, rather than someone's anti-drug agenda.

In terms of Hurley and Eme's book, I respect how they've done more than anyone I've read so far in documenting the research that went into the observations and information they provide. They don't quibble about whether ADHD exists or not, just state that it does, and back that up with excellent sources.

I went to the library in search of more than self-help guides on ADHD -- I was interested in the cultural and social implications of the condition because it strikes me that so many more people have it than is currently estimated. "Spinning Out of Control" was the only book I found that even touches on the wider implications of ADHD -- and the authors have done a great job defining the condition in the myriad ways it manifests in those likely to commit criminal acts as well as in non-criminals.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Hepburn on February 25, 2005
As a psychiatric social worker for almost 20 years I have been aware of the tragedy of people stumbling into the criminal justice system who did not belong there. This book does not apologize for criminal behavior in any way, however, it illuminates the struggles of individuals with ADD which can often render their behavior incomprehensible to the professional. I particularly appreciated the lay-out of the book - I found it to be comprehensive, well-designed and well-researched. The writing style was personal and accessible without being sentimental. I also appreciated the many anecdotes which successfully illustrate the problems which ADD people face that are so often hard to describe. The problems of ADD can manifest in a vague way - but are nonetheless incredibly destructive to the individual. I think medical and mental health professionals (as well as those in the criminal justice field) will benefit greatly from this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carl Morris on February 8, 2007
Obviously a copy of this book should be in every police station, jail, and prison. The book covers more than just the interface between the person with ADHD and the criminal justice system, though. It gives very good information on what make people with ADHD prone to negative contact with law enforcement from the beginning of their lives, and how that can be reduced or avoided. In addition to law enforcement personnel, I'd recommend this for anyone who has ADHD themselves, or is partnered with or a parent to a person with ADHD.
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