Could yoga save prisoners from a life of crime?

New research shows the meditative exercise improves mental health, reduces stress and can prevent reoffending. Locked up in a tiny cell in Wayland prison, in Norfolk, detoxing from heroin and methadone, Mike Smith found that bending and breathing his way through a yoga meditation...

How to Help Inmates Heal After the Trauma of Prison

“Really what we’re dealing with is trauma,” says Presutti, who is also a psychotherapist. “The … trauma of being a victim of abuse, neglect, poverty, sociological constructions growing up. The trauma of being incarcerated, the trauma of inflicting pain and hurt on other people....

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...

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...

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...

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...