Weekly meditation classes are taught by volunteers at the Suffolk County House of Corrections (the Boston county jail). Drawing from the meditation traditions of Buddhism, mindfulness, yoga, and the martial arts, the program has been successful. Richard Geller has taught since 1996, and Janine Marra since 2010.

Richard Geller/Janine Marra

The Bridgewater State Hospital Sangha brings together practitioners from Vipassana and Zen traditions. We share our practice with the residents of the prison/hospital. We meet weekly for meditation and study of traditional Buddhist texts.

Prisons Served: Bridgewater State Hospital/prison, Massachusetts.

Anna Klegon

Buddhist Mentoring at MCI-Framingham, MA (women’s prison)

Pamela Colleran

We are a coalition of faith communities and individuals committed to helping reduce recidivism through the development and delivery of educational and personal growth programs in prisons. CPO strives to prepare inmates for returning to society as responsible and productive citizens.

We provide services primarily at MCI-Concord And Northeast Correctional Center, both in Concord, MA.

Carol Peters, Executive Director
Dharma Seed Prison Project

Dharma Seed Prison Project offers free cassettes and CD’s of Western Buddhist teachers regarding meditation and Buddhism to prisoners. To start the process, the prisoner needs to send a letter requesting either a beginners or an advanced practitioners catalog which will be sent to them. Then, they can select which materials they would like and return the form back to Dharmaseed. Once the form is received, Dharmaseed will send them the requested materials, free of charge.

Letter of request may be sent to:

Dharmaseed, Box 1494, Greenfield, MA. 01301, ATTN: Molly Chambers

Molly Chambers

We are a group of 7 women practicing weekly with the Sangha Sisters incarcerated at MCI Framingham. Our Dharma practice includes meditation, its application in daily life, studying Buddhist texts and regular Days of Mindfulness.

Anna Klegon

Produced the film “The Dhamma Brothers”

The story of the Dhamma Brothers of Donaldson Correctional Facility continues to unfold today as the Vipassana program establishes deep roots and manifests a gradual change from within the prison walls.

Jenny Phillips

The National Emotional Literacy Project for Prisoners, Lionheart’s first major and ongoing initiative, gives incarcerated men and women throughout the United States a mindfulness-based, research driven emotional literacy curriculum. The centerpiece of the program is the book Houses of Healing: A Prisoner’s Guide to Inner Power and Freedom  (130,000 copies in circulation). The program is enthusiastically embraced by corrections professionals, prison volunteers, and prisoners alike.

Graduates of PMI’s Path of Freedom webinar run programs in several Eastern Massachusetts prisons.

This project is dedicated to fostering individual insight and compassion among Massachusetts’ inmates and prison staff. Transforming people’s minds and hearts through the practice of various mindfulness and awareness techniques is a first step toward positively transforming society.

Prisons served: MCI Concord, MCI Norfolk

Gary Schapiro
Prison Mindfulness Institute

Prison Mindfulness Institute (aka Prison Dharma Network (PDN)), is an international, nonsectarian, contemplative support network for prisoners, prison volunteers, and corrections professionals. PDN’s mission is to provide prisoners, prison staff and prison volunteers, with the most effective, evidence-based tools for rehabilitation, self-transformation, and personal & professional development. In particular, we provide and promote the use of proven effective mindfulness-based interventions (MBI’s). Our dual focus is on transforming individual lives as well as transforming the corrections system as a whole in order to mitigate its extremely destructive impact on families, communities and the overall social capital of our society.

Kate Crisp
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