By Christopher Zoukis The Bureau of Justice Statistics has found that within five years of release, 76 percent of prisoners released in the U.S. reoffend. Breaking this cycle requires radical reforms in rehabilitation methods, and some surprising approaches are showing promising results —  downward dog and mantra chanting. Educational and vocational programs already in place for…

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Tattooed prisoners sit in quiet meditation or in yoga poses while incarcerated in prison. Several studies state that inmates that were taught Yoga while in prison were significantly less like to be reincarcerated upon release. This seems to be especially true with substance abuse offenders.

A 2002 study at Seattle’s North Rehabilitation Facility found that the recidivism rate for inmates who took a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat was 56%, a 25% improvement over recidivism rates for the generally inmate population.
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