The New Mexico Department of Corrections is using a new method to prepare inmates for life outside prison — yoga.
Corrections officials recently launched a "yoga and mindfulness" program as part of the department's many rehabilitation efforts.
According to the department, the yoga classes will "help incarcerated individuals on their path to self-discovery, healing, and ultimately into living differently."
Officials say the other prisons systems are using yoga classes as a method for increasing inmate and public safety, and lowering rates of recidivism rates.
The yoga program was introduced at Central New Mexico Correctional Facility last month.
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