“The Redemption Project” with Van Jones

We just learned of a great program on CNN that focuses on Restorative Justice programs between offenders and victims. Restorative Justice is a system of criminal justice which focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at...

At Cook County Jail, Inmates Relax Their Minds, Bodies With Yoga

Convicted felons sentenced in Cook County Jail face day-after-day of a military type schedule. So, the jail is now offering ways for the inmates to relax their minds as well has their bodies–with yoga classes. The participants are in the Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center...

Join us for a Book Launch Party at Windhorse Hill!

Odeon Press Invites you to the book launch party for A Book of Fields  A collection of short stories by   Stephen Billias www.stephenbillias.com Saturday, October 19, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Windhorse Hill Retreat Center 595B River Road, Deerfield, MA The former Shintaido Farm! Great...

Mindfulness helps South Bay inmates reduce stress

From The Miami Times: Doing time in prison is extremely stressful. Initially, one is stripped of his individuality and given a prison number, which becomes his new identity. From there, one is subjected to the harsh reality of sleeping on a two-inch mattress, placed on a steel...

Los Angeles chooses mental health treatment over jail

“Mental health jails” have been proposed in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties, and elsewhere. The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted to fund the sheriff’s new mental health jail, and Alameda County is in the process of building a new mental healt...

Yoga helps some Utah inmates find ‘the beauty and peace’ while behind bars

From the Salt Lake Tribune: Inmate Ferosa Bluff stood stock-still, barely swaying as she curled one foot behind her knee and stretched her arms toward the gymnasium’s drab ceiling at the Utah State Prison. Stretched out in a half-moon shape in front of her, 13 other women held...

Bringing Mindfulness to Prison in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

From Yellow Springs News: Whenever Katie Egart walks into the Dayton Correctional Institution, or DCI, she encounters locked doors. A door closes behind her when she enters an entry way that has another locked door in front. Guards search her, even though she’s a regular visitor....

Nine Ways To Ensure Your Mindfulness Teaching Practice Is Trauma-Informed

From Mindshift by KQED: A recent MindShift article highlighted some things teachers should be aware of if they’re bringing mindfulness into their classrooms. Students may have experienced trauma that makes sitting silently with their eyes closed feel threatening, and teache...

Mindfulness could be a key to recovering from substance abuse, USC experts say

From USC News: Mindfulness might offer more than relief from daily stress. Research now suggests it can boost recovery from addiction and trauma. Investigators at USC believe the contemplative practice could represent the next major breakthrough in the treatment of substance use...

San Quentin’s chaplain: California’s death penalty moratorium has given us hope

On Wednesday morning, San Quentin State Prison, California’s largest, awoke to some surprising news. Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order placing a moratorium on the state’s death penalty. While this does not end the death penalty in California (that can only be done by a...
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