NYU’s Prison Education Program Receives $1 Million Grant from Mellon Foundation

New York University has received a $1 million, three-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support its Prison Education Program (PEP), an initiative that brings a college education to incarcerated individuals at New York’s Wallkill Correctional Facility. “In just a...

Finding College by Way of Prison

In the first “Spiderman” movie, Peter Parker wasn’t ready to be Spiderman. He didn’t want to use his powers for good. He chose not to stop a robbery, and later, the same robber shot his uncle in a carjacking. We have the power to rehabilitate and educate. Education is empowering....

American Prison Reform Inspired by Norway’s Approach

Norway saw a decrease in recidivism rates after they began treating inmates more humanely. North Dakota is adapting the same to make a dent in prison reform. Click here to read the full article by Dan Lieberman & Claudia Morales for CNN.

To curb repeat offenders, the Bay State takes inmates back to school

The pilot program debuted in January 2016, and the most recent cohort started in September 2017. About 110 inmates applied in the latest round and 25 were selected, after being screened for serious offenses such as first- or second-degree murder. In the course of 12 to 18 months,...

Department of Juvenile Services uses yoga to help transform young people

As police try to combat the problem of juveniles committing carjackings, robberies and other serious crimes, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services is approaching it in a different way. The DJS is teaching yoga to young men detained at juvenile facilities.  In the space,...

New Documentary Features Rebecca & Fleet Leading a Path of Freedom Class

Rebecca and Fleet were in Rhode Island leading a Path of Freedom class. The class will be featured in an upcoming documentary, “The Mindfulness Movement”. Please click here to see the trailer and to support the funding to help get the film out to the public.    

Meditation and Mindfulness: Treatment for Incarcerated Women

Women worldwide continue to have higher rates of serious mental illness, depression, and PTSD when compared to their male counterparts (Tolin & Foa, 2006). Issues of poverty, socioeconomic disadvantage, and discrimination exacerbate the risk for mental health problems with...

School Of Public Health To Test Yoga-Based Program For Youth In Justice System

The School of Public Health at Georgia State University has received a grant of more than $700,000 to develop and test a mindfulness-based yoga program to provide young people in juvenile justice facilities with coping skills and reduce the recidivism rate. Click here to continue...

Award-Winning Author Doug Carnine’s Latest Book Proves That Mindfulness And Meditation Can Transform The Lives Of Prisoners

Carnine’s book relates the stories of four prisoners who achieve transcendence using mindfulness, meditation and the blessings of kindness.   Click here to read the article in Digital Journal.

Reversing the negative psychological effects of prison through mindfulness

Just four months in prison can negatively affect a person’s cognitive abilities and impulse control, according to findings published in Criminal Justice and Behavior from Penn criminologists Adrian Raine and Rebecca Umbach. The good news is some combination of cognitive...
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