Path of Freedom in Concord Prison Outreach Newsletter

The spring issue of the Concord Prison Outreach newsletter came out in July and Nealy Zimmerman, a POF facilitator who has volunteered her time since 2014, wrote a blog about her POF work at the Norfolk Correctional Institution in MA. You can read more about Concord Prison...

Could Meditation and Gardening Break The Cycle of Prison Recidivism?

…by incorporating nature, meditation, and hands-on gardening skills, the Insight Garden initiative provides an opportunity to channel fresh mental pathways, and plant new seeds. The program first started in San Quentin prison in 2002, with the simple goal of establishing a...

Inmates at the Nevada County jail say yoga classes have made a positive difference in their lives

“By the time most of us get in here we have experienced some kind of trauma in our lives,” said inmate Raelynn Amour. “Now we live in a room with 20 other women and many of us are looking for threats, even if there are none. We’re quick to become...

Mindfulness in Kenyan Prisons Project Needs Your Help!

Developing Mindful Leaders in Kenya WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? There are some incredible people locked in Kenyan prisons (70% of inmates in Kenya do not have access to basic justice*). When equipped with mindfulness they can transform their communities (some of them are already doing...

After finding “brotherhood” behind bars, ex-offenders help others navigate life after prison

Upon release from prison, ex-offenders often enter a world full of uncertainty. Where do you live? Where do you work? How do you survive? Mario Bueno tries to help people find these answers. He is the co-founder of Luck Inc., a non-profit headquartered in Detroit helping...

44 Inmates Get College Degrees in Prison

Sing Sing Correctional Facility just had its largest graduating class ever. Click here to watch the video on NBC 4 NY, as reported by Stacey Bell.

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...
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