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Freedom Project: Nonviolent Communication and Mindfulness Training in Prison
Short Title: Freedom Project
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: 2014/01/07/
Pages: 215824401351615
Sources ID: 68906
Visibility: Public (group default)
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Freedom Project trains prisoners in nonviolent communication and meditation. Two complementary studies of its effects are reported in this article. The first study is correlational; we found decreased recidivism rates among prisoners trained by Freedom Project compared with recidivism rates in Washington state. The second study compared trained prisoners with a matched-pair control group and found improvement in self-reported anger, self-compassion, and certain forms of mindfulness among the trained group. Ratings of role-plays simulating difficult interactions show increased social skills among the group trained by Freedom Project than in the matched controls.