Teach Meditation to 50 Incarcerated Oregon Youth

A microproject by The David Lynch Foundation


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.
total raised
monthly donors


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.


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.

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.


Prison Medical Doctor wants TM for all inmates
Lead Prison Researcher talks about benefits of TM

Organization Information

The David Lynch Foundation

Location: New York - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.davidlynchfoundation.org
Project Leader:
Andrea Gorzell Hickey
New York, New York United States

Retired Project!

This project is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?

Support another project run by The David Lynch Foundation that needs your help, such as:

Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.