Norfolk Jail has inmate yoga classes to prevent repeat offenses

Research shows teaching inmates meditation can have positive effects on their behavior and decision making, which translates into reducing recidivism. A 2002 study at Seattle’s North Rehabilitation Facility found the recidivism rate dropped by 25 percent for inmates who...

Kale, Not Jail: Urban Farming Nonprofit Helps Ex-Cons Re-enter Society

Even by the standards of the Bay Area, where sourcing local, organic chicken feed is seen as something of a political act, the spectacle of 30,000 fruit and nut trees being tended by formerly incarcerated orchardists is novel. The green thumbs are there because of Planting...

Can prison yoga help tackle reoffending?

Two-thirds of released US prisoners end up back in a cell within three years. The Prison Yoga Project, which operates in over 30 states and seven countries, believes practising yoga can help stop this trend. Click here to watch the video by Liz Scherffius created for BBC news.

There’s a war on books in prisons. It needs to end.

Educating prisoners is one of the simplest and most cost-effective interventions to implement in confinement settings, and it can have a huge payoff. Incarcerated adults have significantly lower literacy skills than ordinary Americans, making it difficult for them to reenter...

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.    
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