Prison SMART

Prison SMART (Stress Management and Rehabilitation Training) teaches prisoners how to manage their stress, aggression, and trauma, building a foundation for a new life.

  • Stress Elimination Program
  • Electrical TrainingPrison Rehabilitation Program in assiciation with Schneider Electric Foundation
  • Certificate DistributionPrison Rehabilitation Program in assiciation with Schneider Electric Foundation
  • Prison Rehabilitation Program in assiciation with Schneider Electric Foundation
  • Prison Rehabilitation Program
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About Prison SMART

“Expand your vision and see that inside every culprit, there is a victim crying for help. That person is also a victim of ignorance, small-mindedness and lack of awareness. It’s the stress, lack of broad vision about life, lack of understanding, and bad communication that leads to violence in society.”
- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, IAHV Founder

The Prison SMART objective is to make a life-transforming difference in the lives of all people within the criminal justice system, by teaching skills for reducing stress, healing trauma, and providing practical knowledge of how to handle one’s emotions, live to one’s highest potential and contribute to society.

Prison SMART aims to reduce offender recidivism and end the repeated cycle of violence and abuse. Without tools to process past trauma and present stresses, incarcerated individuals often cope with their negative emotions such as anger, guilt, mistrust, and frustration with unhealthy behaviors and attitudes- including violence, addiction, apathy or lethargy. The Prison SMART program offers practical methods for participants to transform these negative emotions for true rehabilitation, and develop the core human values innate in all human beings, such as service to others and compassion.

Prison SMART at A Glance:

  • More than 120,000 inmates from prisons in India have undergone the Prison SMART program with spectacular results.
  • In Tihar Jail (Asia’s largest prison) alone, around 48,000 convicts have benefited from the program.
  •  Special courses have also been conducted for the prison staff to cope with the stress owing to the nature of their job.
  • IAHV in partnership with its sister trust Sri Sri Rural Development Program(SSRDP) started skills training in 2012 in Electrical trade in association with Schneider Electric Foundation in Tihar Jail, Delhi, Tinsukhia Jail, Assam and Ranchi Jail, Jharkhand.
  • SRIJAN, a vocational rehabilitation programme, was started in 2002, in Tihar Jail, Delhi, India. The program helps rehabilitate inmates, by building skills and releasing stress. The prison inmates who have been released are still with SRIJAN and are paid for their work.
  • So far, several inmates have benefitted from the project. SRIJAN produces paper bags, office stationary, lampshades, photo frames, boxes etc. These are then supplied to companies such as TATA, HCL, ‘Sabka bazaar’ (a departmental store),  ‘Mehranagar’ museum, Udaipur and Rajasthan.
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