Transcendental Meditation

Prisoner rehabilitation in Oregon

Finding some sense of inner peace while incarcerated can be nearly impossible. But for many inmates incarcerated in correctional facilities – from minimum to maximum security – learning Transcendental Meditation known as TM, can bring profound and lasting change.

Within the concrete walls of the Oregon State Correctional Institutions, prisoners who practice Transcendental Meditation are finding higher values and meaning in life, and are able to quiet their minds in order to reach within themselves to better understand their deep selves. This technique will often allow prisoners to learn to forgive themselves and to move forward to becoming productive members of society.

“… the results of the practice of Transcendental Meditation on the life of the men were extraordinary –  a 50% reduction in recidivism rates among meditating inmates three years after release from prison.”

prisoner rehabilitation facilitated by transcendental meditation in oregon prison recidivism rates down by 50%

Prisoners in meditation session

According to an article published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, a range of research has shown that the practice of Transcendental Meditation can actually help reduce prisoner recidivism while helping develop psychological functioning. A point well made in the article states that research shows evidence that crime is linked to stress-induced malfunctioning of the nervous system in the body. Practicing meditation can help with stress reduction and ultimately help with prisoner rehabilitation.

In addition to inmates learning the Transcendental Meditation technique, guards also follow suit to help them deal with the stress of spending hours in a prison and the interaction of many incarcerated prisoners.

In recent years, budget cuts, high crime rates and for many, a genuine interest in helping inmates behind bars with rehabilitation, has created an upsurge of interest in providing Transcendental Meditation in correctional facilities around the country.

Many of the prisoners that practice TM have found a way too control their emotions and instead of reacting to a situation that may cause a person to commit a crime, using the Transcendental Meditation technique can help them to stop and think the situation through before reacting

Article by Kristina Hall,