Because our Prison Program operates within TDCJ's Chaplaincy Department, we request that you have been meditating for at least three years in a recognized Buddhist lineage. Some experience with yoga or other body awareness practice is also helpful. Our volunteers are committed to meditation as a tool for spiritual development or self-awareness and have personal experience with shamatha meditation. A basic familiarity with Buddhist or Shambhala teachings is also helpful.
For more information about helping with this important project, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Jessica.
To become an Approved Volunteer in the TDCJ system, you will need to submit an application to TDCJ and attend a training session. TDCJ will conduct a background check as part of the application process. For more information about becoming a volunteer, see the TDCJ Volunteer page.
Due to COVID, TDCJ training is taking place mostly online, although some in-person sessions have resumed. Volunteers are required to retrain every two years.
TDCJ allows volunteers to attend up to four times as a "Special Volunteer" without having taken the training. You will be paired with an experienced volunteer when you go.
New Approved Volunteers are always accompanied by an experienced volunteer for several visits and until you feel comfortable going by yourself.