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I have a confession: I could watch English comedian, actor, and author Russell Brand speak all day long… He’s witty, honest, brilliant and a very genuine person.

Over the past 20 months, Russell has shown his deep support for the David Lynch Foundation and our programs. Even as his fame has sky-rocketed in the last two years, he has managed to stay personable, down-to-earth, and available to help with some of our biggest initiatives.

Last month, Russell took part in our press conference launching Operation Warrior Wellness—an initiative to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) learn to meditate. He described how the Transcendental Meditation program helped him change his lifestyle and experience a “deeper state of happiness which is very profound and absolute.”

Below is a video of Russell’s talk at our press conference. I thought I was a fan of Russell’s before, but his continued support with our programs has made me grow to love him so much more!

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The meditation-based rehabilitation program offered by the David Lynch Foundation has been utilized in dozens of prisons throughout the US and worldwide during the past 30 years. Research on meditating inmates at San Quentin and Folsom prisons in California and Walpole Prison in Massachusetts has found TM practice markedly reduces rule infractions and dramatically reduces recidivism rates by as much as 50 percent.

Bob Roth and several members of the DLF.TV crew documented the early stages of the research program inside a prison in the pacific northwest. This five-minute documentary shows how the effects of Transcendental Meditation are transforming the lives of inmates, guards, and staff of a medium-security prison in Oregon.

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Here are the facts, according to the Report of the Reentry Policy Council: Charting the Safe and Successful Return of Prisoners to the Community:

• Two million Americans are serving time in prison

• 50% of the inmates are in for violent crimes

• About 67% of the inmates released from prison are re-arrested within three years of their release

• This recidivism rate has not improved over the past 30 years.

• Prisoners return to society more hardened and more willing to commit crimes than before.