We believe that every person who had to resort to crime should be given an opportunity to change and start living a meaningful life. The Art of Living Prison Program is designed for both; those who are incarcerated in prisons and those who serve in the criminal justice system.
This program has transformed lives by teaching skills that reduce stress, healing trauma, and providing practical methods of dealing with negative emotions.
The program helps prisoners and people with a history of violence to break out of the regressive cycle of crime.
Working with various prison authorities and armed forces, we have conducted programs for over 8 lakh+ inmates so far worldwide. Many inmates whose lives we touched have now become teachers of the Art of Living programs and working alongside us to bring a positive change in society.
It was heartening to get to know [the Art of Living’s] Prison program, as it offered just what was necessary – the removal of stress, relaxation of the mind and…
Dr. Kiran Bedi
PPMG, PNBB, Ex Director General of Bureau of Police Research and Development
I found The Art of Living Program very easy to practice on a regular basis and very effective. Inmates and officers have derived immense benefit by way of physical, mental,…
Former Director General, National Human Rights Commission
Inside every culprit, there is a victim crying out for help. When you heal the victim, the culprit disappears.Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Years of confinement results in greater loss of self-worth, a growing sense of anger, anxiety, and despair. Most inmates develop a firm belief that they will never be able to get out of the regressive cycle of crime.
Upon their release, prisoners’ integration in mainstream society is a challenge as society fails to accept them. As such, many prisoners return to crime after their release forming a vicious cycle.
It is difficult for prison staff to change attitudes of inmates as they themselves are overworked and stressed due to constant work in tough conditions.
Cycle of violence
Our Prison Program includes:
Healing inmates emotionally: We teach special breathing techniques in our Prison program that helps inmates break out of the cycle of negative emotions like trauma, guilt, and anger. We conduct these programs on regular basis which eventually help inmates overcome these emotions. When prisoners get rid of anger and stress, they are more likely to contribute to society than return to crime upon their release.
Providing livelihood: We conduct vocational training for inmates so that they can go back to earning a living through dignified means after their release.
De-stressing prison staff: We conduct specially-designed programs for prison staff and others in the law enforcement agencies to help them de-stress and enable them to become more efficient.