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...

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...

That Drama Triangle is for Real

Stephen Karpman’s Drama Triangle helps participants in the Path of Freedom learn to escape internal patterns that prevent taking responsibility. As illustrated below, the triangle involves seeing...

Calm in the face of difficulty

From June Tanoue at the Cook County Department of Corrections in Illinois: The poʻi na kai uli, kai koʻo, ʻaʻohe hina pukoʻa. Though the sea be deep and rough, the coral rock remains standing....

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...

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...

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...

Path of Freedom: July Reports from the Field

  The following quotations were gathered from facilitators offering the Path of Freedom (POF) curriculum around the U.S.. This month’s collection highlights the benefits reported by...

Mindfulness in Kenyan Prisons Project Needs Your Help!

Developing Mindful Leaders in Kenya WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? There are some incredible people locked in Kenyan prisons (70% of inmates in Kenya do not have access to basic justice*). When equipped...
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