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Inmate searches for answers, recovery

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To the editor:

My name is Adam Wayne Carroll and I am currently an inmate at the Campbell County Jail. The LaFollette Press published a story about me after the “I Hate Meth” rally back in February 2011. (“Meth rally sends strong message to locals.”) Now I seek help from the locals and the Press on getting my current situation noticed.

I am a recovering meth addict/drug abuser with some mental illnesses who has been incarcerated here at Campbell County Jail for two years on a first violation of probation.

Not knowing much more now than the day I got arrested back on June 1, 2012 — my 39th birthday.

Inmates and myself think that is unheard of.

During these two years of incarceration, I have sought God for help in this matter, for wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

And I feel now I finally found God.

Being granted what I sought, turning my life completely over to the lord, trusting God to what happens in my life, giving this matter over to God and his ultimate justice.

This spiritual awakening has made my memory and thinking abilities to slowly return — feeling the lord has provided me with this along with guidance on getting my story told: “unjustly sentenced.”

First, I want to say about 10 years ago I was awarded social security disability, along with SSI.

Also being given a “guardian,” someone having power of attorney over my legal affairs, means I am not allowed to sign my checks or get my money out of the bank.

Second, as I said earlier, I am a recovering meth/drug addict. I have found information via the Internet on how meth affects the brain. A sample of reading: “The effects of meth can last for a very long time after the use of the dug has ceased, creating a dangerous environment for the drug user when it comes to making sound decisions.”

Third, I also have transcripts of where the Press and Jill McNeal of WATE 6 News interviewed me saying to the Press that I was facing 18 years and then telling WATE 6 that I was facing 30 years.

Is that not also evidence of not being of sound mind?

Finally, those things being told, I signed a 36-year plea agreement on meth-related drug charges.

In my opinion, my lawyer at that time should have had me mentally evaluated. The should’ve asked questions and had family involved.

There was no discussions with my guardian on this matter. The courts did not take those things into account. If they had done so, I should have never been allowed to sign a 36-year plea agreement in that condition.

Adam Wayne Carroll, Campbell County Jail inmate