Not too long ago we saw Indian prisoners rewarded with early release for a regular incarcerated yoga practice. But now taxpayers in The UK are getting quite infuriated over footing the bill for life-sentence serving outlaws and criminals to find their inner chi. Naturally, families of victims are even more aghast at the idea.
“You have to wonder what they will make of it all. It’s a bit rich for life-sentence prisoners to enjoy yoga while serving their sentences,” the Sun quoted a prison source as saying.
Do you agree? We’re reminded of last year’s controversy in CA over “yoga rooms” being included in a new prison budget (they slashed the rooms and kept the yoga). We can hardly afford our own yoga, who wants to pay for prisoners? But, we’ve seen reports on the positive impact of yoga on repeat criminals, encouraging their new practice to remain outside prison walls. Fortunately, there are organizations like Prison Yoga Project and upstanding and courageous citizens who are volunteering their time to teach yoga in correctional facilities, rehabilitation centers and minimum security prisons. Do we feel comfortable with paying for death row inmates to get in their daily sun salutes? Hell no. But tell us what else we’re funding in prisons and we’d probably get pretty pissy about that too. Then we go to yoga.
Coincidentally: Amanda Knox, the gal serving a 26-year sentence for being convicted of killing her roommate in 2007, is in the news for speaking to the Italian press, describing her daily prison routine: yoga, letter-writing and volleyball.
Just for kicks and pissers, here’s a Forbes List from 2009 of America’s 10 cushiest prisons.