A blog you might be interested in checking out:
"Some mothers are proud of their children for graduating, or becoming a doctor or a lawyer or countless other successes. However, I am proud of my son for quite a different reason than most. He has become one of the wisest and most positive people I know. My son is a survivor. My son is an inmate in prison." (from the blog)
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Added by Kate Crisp (PDN Director) on June 25, 2008 at 7:57am —
We are excited to announce we are offering a new FREE live web training which will give you instructions on how to best use our PDN community site.Following is a class schedule and brief description of each class. This training will be live via group conference call (with up to 13 participants), it will last approximately 15-30 minutes. There will be plenty of time to answer all of your specific questions at the end of each… Continue
Added by Kate Crisp (PDN Director) on June 21, 2008 at 8:30am —
"The word penitentiary originally comes from penance and the religious idea of redemption through punishment. Many inmates find religion to be one of the few sources of comfort and, for some, if can be life-changing. In US prisons, the Christian chaplain has been a common figure, but today, inmates might be offered the services of a Rabbi, an Imam or a Buddhist Lama. The Prison Dharma Network, which is one of several… Continue
Added by Kate Crisp (PDN Director) on June 19, 2008 at 12:00pm —
I just joined the other day and am finding my way around the site. I'm not entirely sure what to do here to be honest, but I figure I would hang out and see what is going on.
I'd like to get involved in the Prison Dharma Network, but don't want to rush into anything. I'm looking to understand the level of commitment involved.
I truly believe that we're all the same - seeking happiness. We all choose incorrect paths or have mis-steps along the path. Some experience more… Continue
Added by Jason on June 18, 2008 at 1:44pm —
Hope everyone is doing well. We just finished our second five day MBSR prison retreat this month at a women’s prison, It was in Gadsden, Florida which is about 40 or so miles west of Tallahassee. It is a CCA prison and I have to say that all things considered, we got a tremendous amount of support from the entire staff that we came in contact. This was their first five day retreat and there were a host of unknowns but they… Continue
Added by Carter (PDN Admin) on June 17, 2008 at 12:46pm —
Prison Nonprofit Promotes Alternative Therapies for Inmates
San Quentin is one of the nation's most notorious prisons, and is home to some of California's most dangerous criminals — 80 percent of whom are going to get out one day. READ… Continue
Added by Kate Crisp (PDN Director) on June 17, 2008 at 11:00am —
Practice really is a lifelong thing.
Not because it's hard work,
but because it's beautiful
and because we love it.
And because seeing and experiencing and feeling
what it's really like to be human,
what this world and our connection to it is really like,
. . . is a beautiful thing.'
Added by Kate Crisp (PDN Director) on June 17, 2008 at 8:30am —
Hope everyone is doing well. We have been doing MBSR programs with five day retreats at Lowell CI for 18 months now. It is so easy to start thinking in terms of cycles and numbers and to forget that we are dealing with human beings that want nothing other than to get a meaningful life. It is so easy to let them all blur it all together into a meaningless mass of statistics.
This whole effort is about helping one person… Continue
Added by Carter (PDN Admin) on June 10, 2008 at 5:30pm —
FROM: Prisoner Reentry Institute
We are pleased to announce the updated design of Back to School: A Guide to Continuing Your Education after Prison, drafted with support from the United States Department of Education. Many thanks to Nicole Lindahl and Anna Crayton, our new Deputy Director of Research, for their leadership in developing the guide. Back to School is intended to serve as a national resource guide for currently and formerly incarcerated individuals planning to pursue or… Continue
Added by Carter (PDN Admin) on June 10, 2008 at 3:30pm —
Dear PDN Friends and Supporters,
We would like to bring you up to date on a number of exciting developments at PDN, including a wonderful matching grant funding opportunity.
Matching Grant Challenge:
We are delighted to share very exciting news with you! Prison Dharma Network has received a matching grant challenge that, if met, will enable us to greatly expand our current services to young people, women and men incarcerated in juvenile facilities,… Continue
Added by Fleet Maull on June 6, 2008 at 2:30pm —
from KC Walpole:
Just found out that three or four times this week, one of our
students is going to be featured on Women's Entertainment Network
segment Women behind bars with will play three or four times this week. She
also wrote a blog. In both places she talks of the mbsr program. her father
is making a dvd of both and… Continue
Added by Kate Crisp (PDN Director) on June 4, 2008 at 11:30am —
Visit the site for videos and photos
Hidden within our country is a dark, parallel world — a Prison Nation that is inhabited by 2.2 million American convicts. Increasing violence, extreme crowding, rampant drug use and gang warfare are part of daily life. Find out the facts behind our Prison Nation.
* With… Continue
Added by Kate Crisp (PDN Director) on June 1, 2008 at 11:30am —