How Meditation Reduced Violence in a Mexico Prison

11/16/16 InSight Crime

Abbot_of_Watkungtaphao_in_Phu_Soidao_Waterfall.jpgA meditation technique has been praised for pacifying what was once among Mexico‘s most violent prisons, demonstrating the success of rehabilitation techniques in a region characterized by a lack of state control in its jails. Apodaca prison in the state of Nuevo León was the scene of one of the most violent jail incidents in recent Mexican history, but it is now among the calmest in the country, according to a recent BBC Mundo report.

Behind this dramatic turnaround is a meditation program that is being carried out among 700 inmates, the news outlet reported. The technique, known as “Ishayas’ Ascension,” has been in place since 2014 and also involves prison guards and administrative staff. No cases of extreme violence has been registered since its implementation, the meditation program’s coordinator — known as Madhavi Ishaya — told BBC Mundo.

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