We Are Building American Buddhism

Prison Mindfulness Institute and the Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness in Law

Prison Mindfulness Institute
P.O Box 206
South Deerfield, MI  01373
The Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness in Law
760 Euclid Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94708

Grant Amount

$20,000

Grant Description

This Collaboration Grant between Prison Mindfulness Institute and The Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness in Law supported the “Mindful Justice” program, bringing the benefits of mindfulness on a large scale into the American criminal justice system by inspiring and enabling new jurisdictions to adopt mindfulness-based programs, and, over time, transform the criminal justice system into one that embodies the values of interconnection, compassion, dignity of the individual, and a belief in the fundamental goodness of all humans.

We are proposing a project called Mindful Justice: Transforming our Criminal Justice System through Mindfulness. This project would establish a national platform for the nascent movement to bring mindfulness training and values into the criminal justice system, advance a “front to back” vision of how the practices and values of mindfulness can transform the system from the inside out, and catalyze the spread of mindfulness-based interventions throughout the criminal justice system. The broader goals of this program are to:

  • Bring the benefits of mindfulness practice on a large scale into the American criminal justice system by inspiring and enabling new jurisdictions to adopt mindfulness-based programs;
  • Develop and advance a holistic, “front to back” vision of how mindfulness practices and values can be integrated into criminal justice institutions and processes.
  • Provide a national platform for the pioneering programs in this area, as a way of increasing their legitimacy and visibility to policy-makers, the media, and the general public;
  • Over time, transform the criminal justice system into one that embodies the values of interconnection, compassion, dignity of the individual, and a belief in the fundamental goodness of all humans.