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Reduced violent crime in Washington, DC: Scientific research on the Brain-Based Approach to Peace

Global Peace Initiative    Translate This Article
12 November 2011

A National Demonstration Project conducted in Washington, DC, from June 7 to July 30, 1993, tested the efficacy of the Brain-Based Approach to Peace—group practice of the Transcendental Meditation program and its advanced techniques—in reducing crime and social stress and improving the effectiveness of government.

In this carefully controlled experiment, the peace-creating group increased from 800 to 4,000 over the two-month period. Although violent crime had been steadily increasing during the first five months of the year, soon after the start of the study, violent crime (measured by FBI Uniform Crime Statistics) began decreasing and continued to drop until the end of the experiment (maximum decrease 23.3%), after which it began to rise again.

The likelihood that this result could be attributed to chance variation in crime levels was less than two parts per billion (p < .000000002). The drop in crime could not be attributed to other possible causes, including temperature, precipitation, weekends, and police and community anticrime activities.

Decreased crime in Washington, DC

Decreased crime in Washington, DC., correlates with increasing numbers of people practicing the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program in the U.S. national capital (Social Indicators Research, 47, 153-201, 1999).

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