Today, the BBC reported that inmates in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh will be released from 15 days early for every three months they spend practicing yoga. "The authorities say the lessons help to improve the prisoners' self-control and reduce aggression," according to the article.4,000 inmates are taking advantage of the program, and many of the prisoners go on to become yoga instructors after they are released.
That sounds like a good deal to me. In the Yoga Journal offices, we get a lot of letters from prisoners across the U.S. who seem to be really dedicated to practicing yoga while they do their time. It's hard to measure how big the impact really is on aggression and self-control, but a little self reflection (yoga style) can only be a positive thing, right?
What do you think? Obviously there's a lot of controversy about the perks inmates should receive while they're in jail. Would you support this kind of program if it were to be proposed here in the U.S.?