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...

How to Avoid Going Off on Someone

This inspiring incident from a Path of Freedom facilitator in Cook County Jail, Chicago reminds us of why we do this work: “One of the participants told of an incident he was involved in...

Path of Freedom Reports from the Field

PMI trained facilitators are leading groups around the U.S.. Here are a few samples of their experiences. Franklin County, MA From the facilitator: They had some good questions, about applying...

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,...

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...

Senators hope ‘landmark’ study will help transform Canada’s prison system

A Senate committee is touring prisons across the country and in other parts of the world as part of a two-year probe into the human rights of inmates. Liberal Senator Jim Munson calls it...

The Passing of Police Captain & Dharma Teacher Cheri Maples

We join so many others in mourning the tragic loss of a great Dharma teacher and friend to so many.  Cheri Maples made unique contributions to mindful justice field, as a former police captain...

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...

First Path of Freedom Facilitator Retreat a Success

On July 21-23, 2017, 20 graduates of the 6 week introduction to the Path of Freedom curriculum of Prison Mindfulness Institute gathered at our center in Deerfield, MA (photos by Doug Jackson and...
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