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.
The Center for Mindfulness & Justice facilitates personal transformation and professional development that fosters mindfulness, compassion, peace and equal access to justice for all. We provide mindfulness instruction, keynote speaking, and organizational consulting and training. We offer the inspiration and skills that create personal and collective change in our interdependent world.
Since 1998 the Center has provided instruction in the practice of Zen meditation to inmates in federal, state and county facilities throughout North Central Florida. Currently, twelve prisons and jails participate in the prison outreach program, in which approximately 400 inmates are served annually. Through instruction and study of Zen meditation that emphasizes high personal standards, participants are given the tools to cultivate a strong, life-affirming self-image that looks beyond the stigma of “convict” to view themselves as individuals with much to offer others and the community as a whole.
Our programs can be divided into five areas:
Secular, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) groups and retreats.
Possible residency at the Gateless Gate Zen Center for individuals who have exhibited a strong commitment to the practice and to educational efforts.
The death row ministry, which consists of individual visits and counseling
Prisons Served: Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman
We are a non-demonitational group at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago. We meet once a week for an hour. We practice Mindfulness Meditation (Vipassana) and follow some of the protocol of MBSR, and Prison Mindfulness Institute. I am most interested in being in contact with other groups which are trying to introduce meditation into Correctional facilities, without the mantle of Buddhism.
To help youth transform harmful behavior and live meaningful lives through mindfulness meditation and emotional awareness.
Founded in 2000, MBA designs, delivers and researches mindfulness and emotional literacy programs for at-risk youth. MBA also trains educators and youth service providers nationally and internationally.
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
Class at the Cheshire County Jail in New Hampshire. Kate Wylie has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1975 at Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts and with a Tibetan teacher, Ven. Tsoknyi Rinpoche. She trained in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction under Jon Kabat-Zinn. She recently retired after 30 years as a psychotherapist.
The Prison Mindfulness Initiative organizes, supports, and trains a state-wide network of volunteers to teach mindfulness-based meditation and yoga programs in prisons and jails throughout California. In the last year, PMI has trained hundreds of volunteers to teach mindfulness meditation and yoga to California’s 235,000+ male and female prisoners. PMI also trains people outside of California.
The International Association For Human Values Prison SMART(Stress Management And Rehabilitation Training) program provides the structure to deliver the common goal of uplifting human values within the criminal justice community. The program is a valuable tool for all those working to end the cycle of violence and abuse in society, whether through law enforcement, social rehabilitation, conflict resolution or human development. We work in tandem with probation departments, family and juvenile court systems, administrators and correctional officers of penal institutions, law enforcement departments. We teach powerful breathing techniques that have immediately calming physiological and psychological effects. We work nationwide in the U.S.