The holistic program offers innovative and effective tools with multiple benefits, including reduced violence and aggression, improved physical and mental health, better relationships, reduced substance abuse, more positive outlook, better coping strategies, and a general improved sense of wellbeing.
Through advanced breathing techniques, physical exercise, knowledge and skills training, offenders become more aware of themselves, are able to let go of negative emotions, accumulated stress and destructive behaviour, and are empowered to take responsibility for their lives.
By calming the mind and reducing the impact of stress, also anger, depression, violence, and dysfunctional behaviour are reduced. Offenders become more able and willing to strive for improvement, and become more receptive to other forms of rehabilitation.
They are empowered while they are in prison and prepared with essential life skills for when they are released to handle stressful situations, live up to their highest potential and contribute in a positive way to society.
*Statistical evaluation (219 respondents) from HMP Thameside in the United Kingdom
At a time when prison budgets in many countries are under pressure due to the financial crisis, Prison SMART offers an efficient alternative at a lower cost than many other therapies.
Prison SMART serves the needs of all people involved, incarcerated or working in the criminal justice system: incarcerated adults, juveniles, and their families; ex-prisoners; victims of violence; correctional officers and law enforcement personnel and administrators.
A variation of the program is also offered to staff working in prison or probation in order to reduce stress, increase stress resilience, improve skills to deal with challenging situations and improve overall focus, health and job satisfaction.
Supporting genuine rehabilitation, Prison SMART is believed to reduce recidivism rates.
If we continue doing what we learned in this course, I am sure no one from this group will come back to prison
This is the only program in the prison that we cannot manipulate
In my whole prison career I have never done a course twice, but this one I will do again
This course should be mandatory for anyone coming into prison
This course does what no other therapy does: it goes directly to the core.
I learned that freedom comes from the inner self, not from being freed from prison