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“Deep in the Bible Belt, an ancient Eastern practice is taking root in the unlikeliest of places: Alabama’s highest-security prison. Behind a double electric fence and layers of locked doorways, Alabama’s most violent and mentally unstable prisoners are incarcerated in the William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility outside Birmingham. Many of them are here to stay.”
Listen to the podcast or read the article here.
“Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art Of Living.”
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Listen to Episode 5 about Religious Diversity and American Prisons here.
“Few people would choose to spend their time inside the walls of a prison, but it’s all in a day’s work for David Krassner. As a staff psychiatrist at the California Men’s Colony State Prison in San Luis Obispo, Krassner tends to the mental health needs of those locked away by society: men convicted of murder, rape, assault, kidnapping, arson or other crimes.”
Continue reading here.
“Here’s a bit of context for Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to encourage federal prosecutors to charge low-level drug offenders with less severe crimes (thanks to Dylan Matthews and Brad Plumer for doing a lot of the spade work here):
– The U.S. prison population is more than 2.4 million.
– That’s more than quadrupled since 1980.”
Continue reading on the Washington Post.
Read the article on the Telegraph.
“If you name your emotions, you can tame them, according to new research that suggests why meditation works. Brain scans show that putting negative emotions into words calms the brain’s emotion center. That could explain meditation’s purported emotional benefits, because people who meditate often label their negative emotions in an effort to ‘let them go.'”
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It was not so long ago that prisoners were fed bread and water and chained up together during the day to perform hard labor. Nowadays a variety of programs have been implemented as jail time moves away from punishment to rehabilitation. This is a selection of ten of those new programs.