Teach Meditation to 50 Incarcerated Oregon Youth

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Since 2009, the David Lynch Foundation has partnered with the State of Oregon's Department of Corrections to help young inmates break the cycle of recidivism through the Transcendental Meditation technique. Studies conducted on the effectiveness of this program have shown that meditating inmates have significantly lower recidivism rates and have had greater success in curbing substance abuse and addiction when compared to the larger prison population.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The origins of criminal behavior, while difficult to pinpoint precisely, can often be traced back to the long-term impact of traumatic stress. Unless a rehabilitation program effectively targets the underlying cause, too often rehabilitation proves ineffective, and incarceration and recidivism rates continue to climb resulting in considerable pain and suffering for the victims of crime, significant expense to taxpayers, and substantial waste of human potential to those incarcerated.

How will this project solve this problem?

Transcendental Meditation has been taught with significant benefit to inmates in some of America's toughest prisons, including San Quentin, Folsom, and Walpole. By increasing an individual's stress-coping ability, enhancing clarity of thought and developing self-esteem, meditation is a cost-effective supplement to traditional rehabilitative programs. Numerous studies have shown that inmates who learned TM demonstrated a decrease in violent behavior, stress, aggression, and recidivism.

Potential Long Term Impact

More than a dozen studies have been conducted on meditation in correctional settings. Results of research have shown reduced psychological distress, decreased rule violations, decreased substance usage, and lower recidivism rates. According to a five-year Harvard study investigating the effects of the TM technique in a maximum-security prison, violence throughout the prison decreased, and the rate of recidivism among participating inmates was 30-35% less than for four other treatment groups.

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Teach meditation to at-risk youth around the globe
At-risk youth suffer from epidemic levels of chronic stress - fueling violence, crime and soaring health costs and compromising the effectiveness of education, health, rehabilitation, and vocational programs. Transcendental Meditation can help these children alleviate stress and find strength, confidence, and intelligence within. In peer-reviewed research, children who meditate using TM show reduced levels of depression and violence, as well as higher graduation rates and academic test scores project reportread updates from the field

Project Leader

Andrea Gorzell Hickey

New York, New York United States

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