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Since its inception in 1992, Prison SMART has become a worldwide successful program. More than 250.000 people in around 50 countries have already experienced its positive effects.
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.
The program teaches advanced breathing techniques which bring relief from the accumulated effects of stress and negative emotions. Practical skills and knowledge teach participants how to handle stressful situations, deal with emotions, live up to their highest potential and contribute in a positive way to society.
Prison SMART is a holistic program that offers innovative and effective tools to reduce the rate of recidivism, offer the possibility of genuine rehabilitation to offenders, heal the victims, and improve the performance of law enforcement personnel. It is a first of its kind program to break the cycles of violence in society and prevent more violence.
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 effectively changes the thinking and behaviour of prisoners. 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 some essential life skills for when they are released.
When offenders are less stressed, they become easier to look after, as such reducing the burden on the prison staff. By supporting genuine rehabilitation, Prison SMART courses are also believed to reduce recidivism rates.
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“The course has made me feel free from inside. And isn’t that a wonderful feeling for a prisoner?” (Detainee Belgium)
“This course does what no therapy does: it goes directly to the core.” (Detainee Belgium)
"Without a doubt, I will strongly recommend this course to not just persons, but to all humankind." (Detainee UK)
"Until Prison SMART, I was filled with rage and violence. Now I only want to love and serve the entire world." (Detainee)
"It has been easier for several of the residents to receive the therapeutic treatments after they have participated in the Breathe SMART courses." (Jorgen Maltesen, Project leader (alcohol and drug addicts), Alfa-Fredensborg