Alternative Sentencing Program Places Offenders in Tai Chi Classes

August 4, 2003

Source: Beliefnet

On August 4, 2003 Beliefnet reported that "Santa Fe [NM] Municipal Judge Frances Gallegos has placed offenders enrolled in her new alternative sentencing program -- a tai chi class complete with a Japanese-style tea service and meditation aided by acupuncture... Instructor Mark De Francis, a doctor of oriental medicine who works as a psychologist for the state Corrections Department, said he believes offenders with a propensity for violence can benefit from tai chi and meditation... Students said they have benefited from the class."