Mindfulness Reduces Domestic Violence

According to a recent report from NPR, the state of Iowa has adopted a new mindfulness-based intervention for domestic violence. The state made this shift after a pilot study of 1,353 offenders receiving the mindfulness-based treatment demonstrated half the reoffending rates...

Path of Freedom Reports from the Field

As prisoners adopt practice supported by our Path of Freedom (POF) Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence program, it helps reduce reactivity, increase positive feeling and develop skills that will prevent them from returning to jail after release. The following examples from...

“Life Changing”

This heart-warming letter was given to one of our Path of Freedom facilitators by a participant:  

Dreaming the Next World

“I’ve learned how to hold my seat in my dreams. Like when I used to run away from things chasing me, now I face them. Somehow I know it’s a dream and I know that I can ‘hold my seat’ and just be there with whatever shows up.” – prisoner in our Path of Freedom...

Roundup of US (State & Federal) Prison Reform News

State New initiatives by criminal justice groups will target state-level reform, where 86 percent of U.S. prisoners are held. Urban Wire: States spearhead ambitious criminal justice reform policies Wall Street Journal: Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform: You don’t hear...

Mindfulness Is More Than A Buzzword: A Look At The Neuroscience Behind The Movement

The popularity of mindfulness in the western world has skyrocketed in recent years. It’s on the cover of magazines and appears on the evening news. Celebrities swear by it, scientists study it, monks still practice it and business leaders use it to thwart burnout. As mindfulness...

For the First Time, Washington Prison Inmates To Teach Mindfulness to Others Behind Bars

Four Washington state prison inmates are making history by becoming the first inmates certified to teach Path of Freedom, an emotional intelligence program based on mindfulness meditation. As certified trainers the four are starting to teach the 12-week curriculum to other men...

How to Avoid Going Off on Someone

This inspiring incident from a Path of Freedom facilitator in Cook County Jail, Chicago reminds us of why we do this work: “One of the participants told of an incident he was involved in the week before where he was within an inch of ‘going off’ on another...

Path of Freedom Reports from the Field

PMI trained facilitators are leading groups around the U.S.. Here are a few samples of their experiences. Franklin County, MA From the facilitator: They had some good questions, about applying the drama triangle. I didn’t quite know how to answer. “Isn’t it...

Senators hope ‘landmark’ study will help transform Canada’s prison system

A Senate committee is touring prisons across the country and in other parts of the world as part of a two-year probe into the human rights of inmates. Liberal Senator Jim Munson calls it a “landmark” study that he hopes will be a call to action for the Liberal government to...
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