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  • Devotees Uplift Inmates' Souls at Haryana and Chandigarh Prisons

    With an objective of making lasting changes in inmates' behavior by igniting the love for God in their hearts, devotees from ISKCON Chandigarh visited the Central Jail of Chandigarh and Model Jail Ambala (Haryana). 

  • ISKCON Prison Ministry Showcases Inmate Art on New Website

    Run for twenty years by the late Syamapriya Dasi, then relaunched in 2009 by current director Bhakti-lata Dasi, the U.S. branch of ISKCON Prison Ministry has been working hard to give hope to the most desperate.

  • ISKCON Nandankanan Uplifts Prisoners in Bangladesh

    10th May was the day of joy for the Hindu prisoners at Chittagong’s prison-house.  

  • Lord Chaitanya Makes the Abominable Age Worshipable

    The material world is like a jail; here we eternal joyful souls are sentenced to life in temporary miserable bodies. What matters most in a prison is not how miserable it is, but how accessible the way out of it is.

  • Chilean Kirtan Band Introduces 100 Inmates to Krishna

    Kirtan band Krishna Sambandha were invited to hold a Krishna conscious outreach program for inmates at the San Miguel women’s prison in Santiago, Chile on January 19th. The band plays concerts regularly all over Chile at prestigious theaters, cultural events and massive yoga retreats with audiences of 5,000 to 7,000 people. They also hold programs in hospitals, nursing homes, children’s homes, and of course prisons.

  • ISKCON Prison Ministry Turns Lives Around

    Prison inmates, who have hit rock bottom in their pursuit of material happiness and have plenty of time to think about their choices and the real purpose of life, are one of the most receptive and enthusiastic audiences to Krishna consciousness. Since relaunching in 2009 under director and full-time volunteer Bhakti-lata Dasi, the U.S. branch of ISKCON Prison Ministry has been reaching more and more of this audience throughout the country’s correctional system.

  • Soviet Pioneer Devotee Vishvamitra Das Passes Away

    Vishvamitra Das (Vladimir Kritsky) joined the Krishna Consciousness movement in 1979. In the beginning of the 80's he was arrested for his faith and has spent six years in prison.

  • Inmate Establishes Worship of Tulasi Devi in Prison

    Bhakta Tim, a former inmate, was recently released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Rochester, Minnesota -- but not before planting over thirty Tulasis and establishing worship of the sacred plant there.

  • An Inmate's Heartfelt Praise of Srila Prabhupada

    "Here in my cell (what a fitting analogy for all the cages and traps I prepared for myself), I take you, Srila Prabhupada, as my father and my family, and as my “boss”, and as my friend, and as my authority."

  • Devotees Bring Hope to Inmates at Maximum Security Florida Prison
    A group of devotees from the ISKCON temple in Alachua, Florida have begun to visit and hold programs at Union Correctional Institution in nearby Raiford, Florida. A maximum security prison for over 2,000 male inmates over fifty years old, it also has 320 inmates on death row, making it the third largest death row in the world.
  • Sarva-drik Das Brings Krishna to Virginia Prison Inmates
    Believing that every soul has the potential to do good, and to gain the mercy of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, ISKCON Prison Ministry corresponds with inmates all over the US under the direction of full-time volunteer Bhakti-lata Dasi.
  • Preaching in Jail: A Funny Video by ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry
  • Chilean Devotees Inspire 300 Prisoners
    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".
  • Survey: Religion in US Prisons
    From the perspective of the nation’s professional prison chaplains, America’s state penitentiaries are a bustle of religious activity. Overwhelmingly, state prison chaplains consider religious counseling and other religion-based programming an important aspect of rehabilitating prisoners.
  • Bhagavad Gita Given To Prison Inmates
    As many as 500 inmates of the Coimbatore Central Prison were presented with copies of the Bhagavad Gita with the help of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Copies of the books were handed over by District Collector M. Karunagaran at a function held at the prison premises on Saturday.
  • A New Book: Holy Jail, by Candramauli Swami.
    Holy Jail is a touching compilation of the activities of ISKCON Prison Ministries (IPM). In over thirty years of operation, the lives of hundreds of inmates have changed due to the practice of Krishna consciousness and the support received by devotees.
  • Prison Yoga

    With its high walls, gates, and rituals, the Bhopal central jail looks forbidding, almost medieval. However, inside is a world of routine and order. The inmates have earned the distinction not for being tough, but for being calm. In the prison’s main hall, some 150 men are led in the deep breathing yoga exercises.

  • Spanish Inmates Eat Prasadam
    It was for that second time that ISKCON devotees did prasadam distribution in the Prison of Ceuta, Spain. It is the only prison in Spain and in the entire European Union that serves a full vegetarian menu at least once in a year to all inmates.
  • Krishna Consciousness Reaches India's Taloja Jail

    International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Kharghar visited Taloja prisoners and explained the science of Krishna consciousness recently. The programme was organized to offer relief to all the inmates of the Taloja prison in the form of spiritual knowledge.

  • The Cause of Crime

    Does prison work? Is it tough on crime and its causes? Figures show that 60% of prisoners re-offend within two years of release. Prison, of course, is an excellent place to meet criminals and learn new tricks. The Vedas point out how our consciousness is quickly shaped by our association, which in prisons is hardly of the best kind.