What is the Prison SMART Program?
Prison SMART Program
“If people get sick, we take them to the hospital and give them the right medicine to get better. If people’s behaviour is sick, we bring them to the prison, but we forget the medicines.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
The Prison SMART Programme aims to transform the lives of people working in or incarcerated within the criminal justice system. Prison SMART teaches skills that reduce stress, heal trauma and provides practical knowledge of how to handle negative emotions in order to live to one's highest potential and contribute to society in a positive way.
- So far the lives of more than 5,00,000 prison inmates have been transformed through the ‘Prison Smart’ programs
The basic premise of the program is that no individual is really ‘bad’ but takes to crime due to external stressors which they are unable to deal with effectively.
Prison-Program - South Africa
The Prison SMART program has been taught in South Africa since 2002. Thousands have benefited from the program.
A research carried out on the impact of the Prison Program on the behavior and health of the inmates showed a remarkable decline in the anger and aggression levels of inmates. Read More