Meditation Reduces Violence in Alabama Prison

Alabama's highest-security prison has a meditation program that's helping to result in a "20 percent reduction in disciplinary problems among inmates who've been through the courses."

About 10 percent of the inmates have taken part in the 10-day meditation program. Although Warden Gary Hertzel doesn't fully understand the program, he tells The Washington Post, "It works. We see a difference in the men and in the prison. It's calmer."

The Vipassana meditation courses are held quarterly and as many as 40 inmates mediate for 10 hours a day! They first get started with breathing exercises and work their way up from there. One inmate calls meditation "medicine for the mind" and the testimonials from other inmates in the The Washington Post article are amazing. It makes you wonder if these inmates had meditation as a tool before they went to jail, they may never have ended up there. Imagine if kids had meditation in schools.

image via Dave Martin/AP

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