Prison Dharma Network
rehabilitation through mindfulness education
In 1985, Fleet Maull was incarcerated on drug charges. Prior to his incarceration, Fleet received extensive training as a meditation instructor under the guidance of Tibetan meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Shortly after arriving at the federal medical center, he started a Buddhist meditation group in the prison chapel which he led for 14 years, training hundreds of prisoners in contemplative spirituality and the practice of mindfulness-awareness meditation. He quickly realized that he couldn’t begin to keep up with the growing demand for Buddhist prisoner support that was coming his way, and in 1989 founded Prison Dharma Network (PDN), a national nonprofit, nonsectarian support network for Buddhist prisoners, volunteers and prison staff.
While incarcerated, Fleet also helped start the first hospice program in a correctional facility, and served as a volunteer hospice caregiver at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners for 11 years. This program trained both prisoners and staff to provide compassionate end-of-life care to terminally ill prisoners and their families. In 1991, Fleet founded the National Prison Hospice Association to promote this unique model of prison hospice care throughout the U.S. and internationally. Today there are over 20 prison hospice programs in state and federal prison medical facilities all across the country.
THE PATH OF FREEDOM®
Is the main curriculum they use in their local prison programs and teach to future POF facilitators internationally. Path of Freedom ® is a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence (MBEI) model for at-risk and incarcerated youth and adult prisoners developed by Kate Crisp and Fleet Maull.
The curriculum we use in prisons includes training in: mindfulness meditation, emotional intelligence, communication, conflict resolution, and various resourcing and resiliency building skills.
Participants develop greater self-awareness, improved impulse control, and greater social awareness which will give them a new positive vision for their lives.
The program is presented in a non-sectarian manner and is open to participants of any faith and/or those who do not identify with a particular faith tradition. The curriculum has received very positive reviews from experts in the corrections field.