Today, when I arrived at the prison, the educational officer who came to pick me up to take me to the cell block was excited to tell me: “A. was released this morning, earlier than expected”. I admit I don’t know everyone by their first names so it took me a minute to realize who A. was and the rest was even more surprising. A. arrived at the courthouse next to the jail last Thursday.He faced the judge who scanned the list of courses and workshops he attended. When she recognized the word “meditation” she asked A. what the meaning of the word was. A explained the meaning, he talked about the everyday life benefits for us and for those around us and even led her (in the course of the trial) to shut her eyes, focus on her breathing and just be present in the moment. According to the prison guards who were there, the judge was mesmerized.