for ISKCON News on March 23, 2012
Twenty eight devotees from the ISKCON Santiago de Chile along with 250 books of Srila Prabhupada, made their way to one of the most famous prisons in Chile called "Santiago 1".
There, they faced an endless ocean of grim, impenetrable seriousness and an attitude of distrust which reeked from the defendants, many who had been charged with serious crimes.
A brief talk and explanation of the Maha-mantra helped break the ice and the devotees began to sing. Several minutes later, the inmates joined in and began dancing joyfully.