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.
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 teachings and practices of Siddha Yoga are brought to incarcerated men and
women through the Siddha Yoga Meditation Study Courses. The 17 year long Course
lessons describe in simple, down-to-earth language the timeless, transformative wisdom
of yoga. Lessons are received monthly and are free of charge to all who are
incarcerated. They are available in Spanish translation on request. Persons of all
spiritual and religious persuasions are invited to participate. Nearly 5000 inmates are
enrolled in the Courses in over 900 prisons in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Italy, the U.K.,
Interested inmates can enroll in the Courses by writing to: Prison Project, PO Box
99140, Emeryville, CA 94662. The Prison Project web page is at:
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)