NVC and meditation increase social skills among prisoners

Suarez, A., et al. (2014). Freedom Project Nonviolent Communication and Mindfulness Training in Prison. SAGE Open, 4(1), 2158244013516154. Open access to full text.

Abstract: Freedom Project trains prisoners in nonviolent communication (NVC) and meditation. Two complementary studies of its effects are reported in this article. The first study is correlational; we found decreased recidivism rates among prisoners trained by Freedom Project compared with recidivism rates in Washington state. The second study compared trained prisoners with a matched-pair control group and found improvement in self-reported anger, self-compassion, and certain forms of mindfulness among the trained group. Ratings of role-plays simulating difficult interactions show increased social skills among the group trained by Freedom Project than in the matched controls.