Yoga Meditation

Yoga Meditation comes from the Hindu tradition, and involves a wide range of variants whose overall intention is the integration of body, mind and spirit.

How yoga in prisons could cut overcrowding

Meditation is finding its way into all kinds of unexpected places. Does this represent a shift in thinking by prison authorities, or is it just a way of keeping inmates under control? Either way, it can only be beneficial in the long term. The article is from the Christian Science Monitor – another good sign.

prison inmates practising yogaEarlier this year the Supreme Court ruled that state of California prisons were so bad as to be inhumane, violating the 8th amendment prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment.

The reason? Overcrowding. California must to reduce its prison population by 30,000 prisoners, according to the ruling.

Overcrowding is a perennial issue in US prisons in no small part because the recidivism rate is remarkably high. In 1994 the largest study of prisoner recidivism ever done in the United States showed that, of nearly 300,000 adult prisoners who were released in 15 different states, 67.5 percent were re-arrested within three years.

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