Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Full Length)

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America is locking up more people than any other nation on earth. Home to just 5 percent of the world’s total population, the United States houses more than 20 percent of the world’s prisoners. In the last three decades, fueled in large part by a national drug policy and legislation like three strikes laws, America has imprisoned more people in local jails, federal penitentiaries, and private correctional facilities than Stalin put in the Gulags. New court rulings have declared overcrowded prisons to be unconstitutional, and the sheer cost of incarceration is forcing prisons to let prisoners back out on the streets.

VICE News was granted rare access to go inside one of the most maximum-security prisons in the country, a place that’s on the frontline of what could be a sea change in prison policy. Salinas Valley State Prison is home to America’s most powerful prison gangs including the Aryan Brotherhood and Mexican Mafia. It’s a place that’s projected to have more than 700 assaults this year. In an institution that houses the worst of the worst, we see how one maverick warden is trying to turn the system around by rehabilitating murderers before they get returned to the streets.
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26 thoughts on “Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Full Length)

  1. MY TAX MONEY should not be going to $250,000 helicopter medi-vac's to gangsters
    idc if they die they chose that and they already cost $75,000 a year to house!

  2. 3:45 I'm all for rehab through meditation, yoga, basically anger and stress management/mental well being programs. There are so many benefits. Why specifically Buddhism ? Another way of leading people away from Christianity. So common in the nation's of the world. You can meditate and exercise without tying it to any specific religion. The inmates have so few ways to escape their reality and this program dictates you can be free for a few hours a day or week when you practice Buddhism. They have no choice but to turn away from Christ if they hope to escape their living He11 for a few hours unless they enroll in this program.

  3. I quit watching these prison shows–as soon as they waste my time with some no-talent white guy rapping. Wannabee rap stars don't interest me, and jails, and prisons seem to be full of them.

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