Free Where You Are Prison Mindfulness Community

The Free Where You are Prison Mindfulness Community shares mindfulness meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh with women and men incarcerated in the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, the Maryland Correctional Institution-Jessup, and Dorsey Run Correctional Facility.

Tim McCormack

We are a group of Buddhists from various traditions who share an interest in offering meditation programs in prisons and jails. We meet monthly in Baltimore to share resources and discuss issues pertaining to working with incarcerated people. Volunteer opportunities in local prisons and jails are available through the group.

The Kindness Project is the name given to the meditation program at the Baltimore County(MD)jail. Initiated in Oct 2008 by prison employees JoAnna Allen and Josette George, the classes teach Vipassana meditation technique and include journaling, poetry, readings, films, an active lending library, sharing circles, yoga, and experiential activities. It is geared toward healing, education, and spreading inner peace and tends to be non-sectarian, but if asked, we say the religion practiced is KINDNESS. We are volunteers serving approximately 100 inmates during each 6 week series of classes and run 5 series per year.

Baltimore County Detention Center (BCDC)

JoAnna Allen
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