Thanks to all who were part of the great turnout for Monday’s special screening of The Dhamma Brothers in Hart Auditorium, co-sponsored by the Friends of Georgetown Law Library, Contemplative Law Society, and Lawyers in Balance. What an inspirational, thought-provoking film.
In the panel discussion that followed, Professors Gretchen Rohr and Jane Aiken addressed a range of ideas and questions on mindfulness, meditation, and alternative methods for criminal corrections and rehabilitation. I was fortunate to moderate the talk, and as a result of several audience requests and my own new interest in the topic, I’ve compiled a brief bibliography of resources that I hope you’ll find helpful as starting points for researching the facts and themes presented in the film and our discussion.
Please contact me (Andrew) or my colleagues in the Library with any questions at email@example.com.
- Charles N. Alexander et al., Transcendental Meditation in Criminal Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention (2007) (preview on Google Books).
- Bo Lozoff, We’re All Doing Time: A Guide for Getting Free (1985).
- Fleet Maull & Dharma Prison Network, Dharma in Hell: The Prison Writings of Fleet Maull (2005).
- Changing from the Inside (University of California, 1998) (preview at Dhamma.org).
- Doing Time, Doing Vipassana (Karuna Films 1997) (watch on YouTube).
- Mark A. Hawkins et al., Re-enlivening and Fulfilling the Criminal Justice Rehabilitative Ideal through the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programs: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Prevention, 17 J. Soc. Behavior & Personality 443 (2005).
- David L. Magill, Cost Savings from Teaching the Transcendental Meditation Program in Prisons, 36 J. Offender Rehab. 319 (2003).
- Rose Parks & Charlotte Bilby, The Courage to Create: The Role of Artistic and Spiritual Activities in Prisons, 49 How. J. Crim. Just. 97 (2010).
- Richard Quinney, The Life Inside: Abolishing the Prison, 9 Contemp. Just. Rev. 269 (2006).
- Maxwell Rainforth et al., Effects of the Transcendental Meditation Program on Recidivism Among Former Inmates of Folsom Prison: Survival Analysis of 15-Year Follow-Up Data, 36 J. Offender Rehab. 181 (2003).
- Lila Rucker, Yoga and Restorative Justice in Prison: An Experience of "Response-Ability to Harms", 8 Contemp. Just. Rev. 107 (2005).
- U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Enforcing Religious Freedom in Prison (2008).
- Lydia Polgreen, Rehabilitation Comes to a Prison and to Its Inmates, N.Y. Times, July 18, 2011.
Organizations and Other Resources:
- Barre Center for Buddhists Studies, www.bcbsdharma.org.
- Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, www.contemplativemind.org.
- Center for Mindfulness & Justice, www.mindfulnessandjustice.org (focusing on criminal justice professionals).
- Insight Meditation Society, www.dharma.org (meditation retreat organization).
- Insight Prison Project, www.insightprisonproject.org (San Quentin State Prison, CA).
- Mind Body Awareness Project, www.mbaproject.org (focusing on incarcerated youth).
- Prison-Ashram Project, www.humankindness.org/prisonashramproject.html.
- Prison Mindfulness Institute, www.prisonmindfulness.org.
- The Vipassana Fellowship, www.vipassana.com (online meditiation courses and support).