Vispassana in prison

Research looking at the positive effects of a Vispassana course in prison, hold much interest and hope for alcoholics and drug addicts who are prison inmates.

The Practice of Positive Criminology

A Vipassana Course in Prison


Positive criminology  is a new term for a perspective associated with theories and models that relate to socially inclusive, positively experienced influences that assist individuals in desisting or refraining from criminal and deviant behavior. A qualitative phenomenological study of prisoners who were in recovery from substance dependency and who participated in a Vipassana course in a rehabilitative prison introduces features of positive criminology. A total of 22 male prisoners participated in a 10-day Vipassana course run by volunteers in prison. Deep interviews were conducted with participants before, immediately after, and 3 to 4 months after the course. The findings describe components of positive criminology that had meaningful impact on the prisoners in rehabilitation: perceived goodness, positive relationship with the prison staff, positive social atmosphere, and overcoming an ordeal. Implications for practice and further research are outlined.

Reference using The Harvard Reference system:

Ronel N, Frid N, Timor U ( 2013) The Practice of Positive Criminology, A Vispassana course in Prison : International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Vol 57, No 2, pp133/153

For Full article, click here