34th Annual Trauma Research Foundation Conference this May featuring Prison Yoga Project!

The Trauma Research Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organized to promote clinical, scientific and educational projects. The purpose of this work is to support and conduct non-partisan research, education, & informational activities dedicated to innovative clinically informed projects to develop and implement optimal methods, treatments, and modalities to help children and adults heal from traumatic […]

Ending 50 Years of Mass Incarceration: Urgent Reform Needed to Protect Future Generations

“Fifty years since the onset of mass incarceration, and despite recent downsizing of most state prison populations, the pace of decarceration is insufficient to undo the decades of unrelenting growth.” As always, The Sentencing Project is clear, precise, and accurate in their understanding, reporting, and research of our incarceration system in The United States. Here […]

Counting Down: Paths to a 20-year Maximum Prison Sentence with The Sentencing Project

The Sentencing Project released a new report, “Counting Down: Paths to a 20-Year Maximum Prison Sentence,” which examines opportunities to address the country’s high rates of incarceration and excessive sentences.  Countries like Germany and Norway illustrate that sentences can be far shorter without sacrificing public safety. Criminological evidence shows that unduly long sentences are unnecessary […]

“Restorative Justice Can Create Safer, More Prosperous Communities”

Stacy Morrissey is a Rockford resident and a program director and facilitator for the Prison Yoga Project. Her work was shared in her local newspaper! An excerpt and the link to the entire article is listed below. “I have been working since 2019 as a volunteer trauma-informed yoga instructor at the Winnebago County Jail as […]

Why Yoga Journal has partnered with Prison Yoga Project!

What you can do to help ” Earlier this year, Yoga Journal‘s parent company, Outside, Inc., launched Find Your Good, an initiative intended to support underrepresented populations. Our company has partnered with 14 nonprofit organizations that share the ideals of this mission in various ways. Yoga Journal has chosen to work with Prison Yoga Project in support of its […]

What Could Have Kept Me Out of Prison

The Marshall Project Reporting and Research: We asked people behind bars what services and programs could have changed the course of their lives. Therapy, affordable housing and a living wage topped the list. This work is continually heartbreaking, what services do you provide that support the lives of others? Read the article and the list […]

At the Intersection of Justice and Climate Change

There’s more to say about the eminent effects of climate change than can fit in one paragraph. Below are two accounts of incarceration and abandonment in the face of natural disasters. FAMM is a national nonpartisan advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice policies. FAMM is gathering more information about the treatment of […]

PYP Featured on Trauma Research Foundation’s Website

“The vast majority of incarcerated people have suffered significant developmental trauma. This trauma includes abuse, neglect, poverty, hunger, homelessness, incarceration of a parent, and discrimination in various forms. The overlap and intersection of multiple traumasare the most significant driver of criminal behavior and addiction that lead to incarceration.  A history of developmental and other traumas is not exclusive to incarcerated people. […]

Call to Action: Stop Deportation for our PYP Community Member, Phoeun You

Phoeun You is a Cambodian genocide survivor and refugee who grew up in Long Beach, CA. His family survived the Cambodian genocide by fleeing to a refugee camp in Thailand. Upon arriving to the U.S. as a child, Phoeun faced discrimination as an immigrant. His family endured poverty and  violence living in Long Beach. Phoeun […]