Thank you for contacting CrimeSolutions.gov.
CrimeSolutions.gov is not an exhaustive list of all justice-related programs and reviews of programs are conducted on an ongoing basis. CrimeSolutions.gov has not currently evaluated any programs related to meditation or yoga in adult correctional settings. Meditation is, however, one component of the following program evaluation:
Motivational Interviewing for Juvenile Substance Abuse
Additionally, we were able to locate the following resources on your topic of interest which may be useful in your research:
Effects Of Group Practice of the Transcendental Meditation Program on Preventing Violent Crime in Washington, D.C.: Results of the National Demonstration Project, June–July 1993
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Massachusetts Correctional Facilities
Effects of the Transcendental Meditation Program on Recidivism Among Former Inmates of Folsom Prison: Survival Analysis of 15-Year Follow-Up Data, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 1987: 36, 181-203. Link to Abstract.
Walpole study of the Transcendental Meditation program in maximum security prisoners I: Cross-sectional differences in development and psychopathology. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 2003: 36: 97-126. Link to Abstract.
We also conducted a search of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) library online through the NCJRS Abstracts Database. Using keywords, the Abstracts Database search engine will search for pertinent abstracts of materials from the NCJRS Library, which contains over 200,000 articles of justice-related literature.
Using the keywords meditation, yoga and corrections, we were able to locate the following resources from the Abstracts Database that may be of interest to you:
If you would like to view additional information about any of the above items, or if you wish to conduct your own search of the Database, please visit http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/AbstractDB/AbstractDBSearch.aspx.
- Potential Benefits of Meditation in a Correctional Setting, NCJ 219850
- Transcendental Meditation in Criminal Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, NCJ 203236
- Courage to Create: The Role of Artistic and Spiritual Activities in Prisons, NCJ 231190
For instructions on how to obtain copies of the resources from the Database, please go to http://www.ncjrs.gov/tutorial/obtain.html.I haven't gotten such a helpful response from someone in a government agency in so long it caught me off guard. Good show, Albert. More on this, perhaps, once (if) I get a chance to go through this reading list Albert has now assigned for us
Finally, you may be able to locate program evaluations on this topic in another program library. To locate information and URLs for such online libraries, please visit the following section of our site:
Other Evidence-based Program Libraries
Please let us know if you have any further questions or comments.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Clearinghouse