Why Offer Mindfulness in Jail?

The following is an excerpt from an article written by Tracy Lease for The Union. “Your grandpa hires ex-cons to work in his business.” “What’re ex-cons, Dad?” “They’re people who have made a bad mistake and gone to jail. Grandpa thinks they deserve another chance.” Fast-forward...

Mindfulness and meditation used to cut crime and reduce ‘gate fever’ in Australia

After spending up to nine months in the prison near Windsor for a variety of offences including theft, common assault, shoplifting and aggravated break and enter, the seven, nearly all of whom are mothers aged in their 30s, will return to 24 children between them in the coming...

How Norway turns criminals into good neighboors

What is the point of sending someone to prison – retribution or rehabilitation? Twenty years ago, Norway moved away from a punitive “lock-up” approach and sharply cut reoffending rates. The BBC’s Emma Jane Kirby went to see the system in action, and to...

Study confirms the positive effect of yoga on prison inmates

From Medical Xpress: A new study strengthens previous results on the positive effect of yoga on prison inmates. In this study, inmates’ character maturity across several dimensions increased after 10 weeks of yoga. Those who participated in yoga classes reported an...

Yoga in Jail: Hampden County program offers release in pre-release center

Dori Digenti does not know the criminal histories of her yoga students at the Hampden County Pre-Release Center. “To me, they’re participants in a yoga class,” said the founder and owner of Breathing Space Yoga & Mindfulness Studio in Holyoke. “They’re just who they are.” The...

“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...
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