Out now from The New Press, Start Here: A Road Map to Reducing Mass Incarceration articulates a new approach to justice reform that emphasizes the value of community engagement and human dignity. Written by Greg Berman and Julian Adler of the Center for Court Innovation, the book highlights programs that have succeeded in reducing neighborhood crime, enhancing public trust in justice, and changing the life trajectories of those caught up in the criminal justice system. Click here to learn more about the book, including where it can be purchased.
University now offering a one-of-a-kind course on mindfulness meditation to first year students. It’s an annual rite of spring on university campuses — exam stress. Yet, perhaps defying the odds, almost two dozen students at Western University’s Law school aren’t tearing their hair out. They are meditating. Click here to continue reading this article published by CBC News.
With lawyers among the most stressed professionals in the UK and women the worst affected, tight deadlines, too much work, pressure and responsibility can take their toll. But mindfulness offers a way of coping for those dealing with such anxieties. Click here to continue reading this article by Matthew Kay for the Global Legal Post.
“Inhale shoulders come in and up,” said San Leandro resident Beth Zygielbaum to a room of people on yoga mats. This is a unique yoga class. It’s being taught at an East Bay police department. Cops in child’s pose. “We have a lot of closet yoga people here that won’t admit it,” laughed Chief Jeff Tudor, San Leandro Police Department. Fed-up with national news reports of racial disparities in policing and cases of excessive force Zygielbaum simply called her local police chief. “I was just calling to find out what the heck was going on. I was calling as a concerned citizen,” she explained. The chief called her back right... Learn More
But a tailored mindfulness program may negate the negative impact of imprisonment. A just-published study finds significant declines in several key areas of cognitive functioning among teenage boys who are doing time. Given that most prisoners eventually return to society, and ex-cons with poor reasoning ability and/or impulse control are unlikely to go straight, this could have widespread negative effects. ——————————————- “This study provides even more support for the use of alternative methods of punishment, such as drug courts and restorative justice courts,” the researchers write. “Keeping youth out of the system, and protecting them when they are most emotionally and cognitively susceptible to the negative effects of incarceration, may well be... Learn More
“No,” I replied almost 20 years ago, when the managing partner asked me to arrange an eight-week mindfulness training program for our lawyers. I was a litigator and the partner in charge of attorney training at a large Boston law firm, and I did not want my colleagues to think we were crazy. Fortunately, my forward-thinking managing partner won this standoff, and over 75 partners and associates had an opportunity to learn and practice mindfulness together. Fast forward to 2017, and you will find a growing number of law firms turning to mindfulness training as a foundation for professional excellence. My original “No” is now an emphatic “YES” as I... Learn More
The judge has helpful advice for lawyers on the importance of maintaining their well-being and setting boundaries. The question that I struggle with on a daily basis is how do I get everything that I need to get done in the day done well and practice self-care? It’s constantly, for me, looking ahead and saying “What can I get done that is truly important? What can I either delegate or cut out in order to carve time?” We all know if we don’t put it on the calendar, it’s not going to get done. Click here to continue reading this article by Jeena Cho in Above the Law.
Four Washington state prison inmates are making history by becoming the first inmates certified to teach Path of Freedom, an emotional intelligence program based on mindfulness meditation. As certified trainers the four are starting to teach the 12-week curriculum to other men behind bars. The Path of Freedom program was developed by the Massachusetts-based Prison Mindfulness Institute. These enthusiastic and dedicated men are venturing into uncharted territory. Path of Freedom has been taken into prisons across the U.S. and Europe for many years, but only by outside volunteers who pay for and complete a six-week online training course. Click here to continue reading this article by Tenzin Gache for Northwest Dharma Association.
Far too often society focuses on the lives of those behind bars, and rarely on those who work inside correctional facilities. Prison is a tough place not only for inmates, but also for those who dedicate their lives to working in correctional facilities. Correctional officers (COs) and other corrections professionals face numerous health risks due to the high stress nature of their jobs and environments, risks than can impact their families as well. The high stress working conditions in corrections can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among COs – at a rate much higher than for people in other careers. The rate of PTSD and suicide among correctional officers... Learn More