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NCJ Number: 72391 Find in a Library
Title: Fresh Approaches in Criminology
Journal: Social Defence  Volume:14  Issue:56  Dated:(April 1979)  Pages:12-23
Author(s): A S Raj
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 12
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: India
Annotation: Drawing on both Western research and the findings of the Science of Creative Intelligence, as propounded by Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, this article argues that problems of stress in correctional institutions should be reduced.
Abstract: Pointing out that custodial requirements such as locked doors frustrate the very fundamentals of a correctional approach, the article states that criminological practices, derived from Western thinking, philosophy, and sciences, have failed to protect society from the ravages of crime. It further states that Western criminologists have mistakenly come to accept the existence of crime as an ever-present social condition that cannot be abolished from society. Using quotations from the Science of Creative Intelligence, founded by Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, the article suggests that a society free from crime is a possibility with the help of regular practice of Transcendental Meditation. Research conclusions of western social scientists such as Glueck and Durkheim are also cited to suggest the relationship between the mental state of the individual and antisocial behavior. It is suggested that tensions of inmates in correctional institutions be reduced through reformative exercises such as Transcendental Meditation in order to eliminate recidivism and induce rehabilitation. Twenty-eight references are given.
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; India; Transcendental meditation
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