California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Sunday signed a series of bills aimed at overhauling the state’s juvenile justice system, reforms that advocates say will further their efforts to rehabilitate minors who commit crimes early in life. A wave of legislation has swept through legislatures, including in deep-red states like Oklahoma, Mississippi and Texas, that were once firmly committed to a tough-on-crime, incarceration-first approach to public safety. Click here to continue reading this article by Reid Wilson for The Hill.
The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being has raised strong concerns about the poor state of the mental health and well-being of lawyers and law students across the country. The co-chairs of the Task Force concluded that recent studies’ findings of professional ill health and lack of well-being were incompatible with a sustainable legal profession and raised troubling implications for many lawyers’ basic competence. This Article takes an in-depth look at the relevance of mindfulness for the legal profession and legal education and offers mindfulness as one way to begin to respond effectively to the Task Force’s concerns. Click here to read the article by Charity Scott in the Arizona... Learn More
Since I started practising mindfulness in 2013, I’ve noticed that I’m calmer and more likely to feel compassionate towards victims, witnesses and even offenders. I think that has implications for evidence-gathering, crime detection, victim satisfaction and community relations. Click here to read this case study from the Mindfulness Initiative.
Speaking about the forthcoming event, Professor Lokesh Joshi, Vice President for Research at NUI Galway, said: “As mental health is becoming more of a priority issue for governments and policy makers, this conference will share experiences of mindfulness programmes nationally and internationally with a view to developing best practice and informing policy. “Through research and a range of activities on our campuses, we are exploring how mindfulness contributes to improved wellbeing in our society. Click here to continue reading this article by Micheál Ó Maoileoin for the Galway Daily.
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