Correctional Officer Suicide Rate Rivals That Of Vietnam Vets

Far too often society focuses on the lives of those behind bars, and rarely on those who work inside correctional facilities. Prison is a tough place not only for inmates, but also for those who dedicate their lives to working in correctional facilities. Correctional officers...

How Would an Ethical Officer React?

…Senior Cpl. Joshua Merkel, the class’s defensive-­tactics instructor, talked to the recruits about how their bodies might respond to stressful situations. “When stress and adrenaline hit, we get tunnel vision, where our scope of vision narrows, and we get auditory...

Inmates find freedom, connection in prison yoga class

According to the most recent study by the Connecticut Department of Corrections, 79 percent of male offenders who were released from prison back in 2005, were rearrested within five years of their release. To combat this statistic, the Willard Cybulski Correctional Facility...

Prison Yoga: Serving the Vanderburgh County Correctional Center, Indiana

Rob: What originally motivated you to teach yoga at the Vanderburgh County Correctional Center (VCCC)? My goal has always been to introduce yoga to more men! Most of the time I’m the only male in the classes I attend. My niece is employed at the VCCC and informed me they had been...

Maintaining Balance to Protect Against Correctional Stress

Are you a human being, or a human doing? That question was at the heart of a workshop on stress, mindfulness and work–life balance presented at the Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care by Dana Neitlich, MSW, program executive director of the Massachusetts Partnership for...

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 fine dining restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. He got the job after completing six months at...

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 during incarceration at no cost to taxpayers. Ginny Kuhn is the force behind the...

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 deftly on their yoga mats. Angela Still calmly but quickly shifted her body from pose...

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 taken part in a yoga program in a San Francisco Bay Area juvenile hall run by The Art...

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. During the three years he worked with the Corps he did a couple of meditation retreats...
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