‘You go, girl!’: Joy, tears as 19 prison inmates earn college degrees

College graduations are emotional occasions, but it would be hard to match the level of enthusiasm and joy that pervaded the gymnasium at the Washington Corrections Center for Women this month...

Restaurants Can Be a Lifeline for the Formerly Incarcerated — and Vice Versa

These programs keep people out of prison and in the kitchen. I didn’t picture it like this,” says Darwin Hailey of his life after prison. Hailey is the executive sous chef at Edwins, a French...

Yoga Helping Inmates Transcend Jail Cells

An ancient spiritual practice is helping rehabilitate men and women at the Santa Barbara County Jail. Prison Yoga Santa Barbara (PYSB) invites inmates to practice yoga, meditation and mindfulness...

Yoga Classes Help Rehabilitate McCormick Inmates

Past the razor-wired fences, the pat-downs and metal detector, through locked doors operated by uniformed officers behind reinforced glass, McCormick Correctional Institution’s inmates balanced...

Retreat is Exhilarating and. . .

Bruce Gill talks about feeling welcomed by the community and how he learned to bring curiosity to old injuries at the recent Mindfulness Facilitation Training retreat. Bruce is currently...

Can Big Data Support a more Mindful Justice System?

Hundreds facilitate Prison Mindfulness Institute’s Path of Freedom curriculum in jails around the world. At the same time, we are working with professionals at all stages of the process (lawyers,...

How Yoga is Helping Girls Heal from Trauma

Rocsana Enriquez started thinking about yoga again when she was pregnant. She was 19 and in an abusive relationship. When she was younger, Rocsana, whom I interviewed as part of my research, had...

Peace, Hope and Meditation

Born in Virginia in the United States, Sam Settle’s life took an interesting turn when, aged 21, he went to Thailand to undertake some international development work with the US Peace Corps....

On Death Row, Creating Art from Pain

Despite the 5,000 miles between them, death row inmate “Moyo” and pen pal Maria Jain have come together to showcase his series of Buddha portraits in the exhibition “Buddhas on Death Row.”...
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