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Prison inmate on rehab programs: 'Transcendental Meditation should be the first thing they offer'
by Arielle Feldman
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20 June 2012
An inmate at Oregon State Correctional Institution in the northwestern United States compared Transcendental Meditation (TM) to other rehabilitation programs offered at the prison.
See Parts I–IV of this series:
∙ Can Transcendental Meditation help rehabilitate prison inmates?
∙ Prison inmates talk about Transcendental Meditation: 'Nothing angers me like it used to'
∙ Transcendental Meditation and prison life: 'I'm starting to know who I am'
∙ Transcendental Meditation in prisons: 'Everyone should have the opportunity to feel this healthy'
Highlights of inmate interviews
Oregon State Correctional Institution
''I've taken all these programs. I've been in here a long time and I've taken all their other programs for cognitive thinking, and it's kind of to change the way you think and you look at the world, is what they're trying to get you to do—so it's not all about you, you know.
''But if you're not ready for that, or you're not mature enough for that, then stuff doesn't take. It's just a place to go to make your counselor happy—to get your good time or whatever.
''I think that the TM should be the first thing that they offer, and then build on it with these other programs once you've been integrated with TM. That's my point of view from being here so long.
''It's that the way your brain's working from when you first get here needs to change first—before any of those programs can be effective.''
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