Japanese prison launches ‘mindfulness’ meditation to calm inmates

MAEBASHI — A prison here has introduced “mindfulness” meditation in an attempt to help inmates control their emotions.

The American meditation method is already in use at nine female juvenile detention centers across Japan, but Maebashi Prison in Gunma Prefecture is the first adult prison to introduce it.

The initiative has resulted in positive feedback from inmates such as, “I’ve become less irritable,” and, “I’ve got better at thinking about other people’s point of view.” Officials expect the meditation method will help prevent prisoners from reoffending. READ MORE

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