Mississippi prisons creating stress-reduction rooms for employees

“Because of the conditions that they work in, where you hear the clanging of cells all day, having to eat your lunch in front of offenders, not being able to just get up freely and go to the bathroom whenever you choose to — working like that for 12 hours, day in and day out, we see that it has a detrimental effect on one’s health and well-being,” Hall said.

“Commissioner Hall’s vision is to allow each employee the opportunity to set aside a little time every day, while at work, for meditation,” said the memo from Patricia Dean-Wilson, the department’s director of statewide operations. “This ‘quiet’ time should assist with improving employee morale, mental focus and sense of well-being.”

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