A New Documentary Film
Dr. Melvin Morse, celebrated best-selling author, lecturer, and successful physician, entered the Delaware Sussex Correctional Institution as a “celebrity” inmate. He believed his “low life” fellow captives had nothing to offer him after; all; he was famous.
Yet Dr. Morse soon discovered these less educated, less worldly experienced inmates had more to offer him than he thought. One night, sitting on the floor Morse became aware that all his teachings were as an observer not experiencer. Being removed from his well-constructed life and forced to face his shortcomings, he began a transformational process. It was initiated first by his fellow cellmates.
A documentary film about Dr. Morse and his fellow inmates is in development. It shares the stories of these inmates’ discovery of peace through meditation and mindfulness. These men had little formal education. They discovered, with the help of Dr. Morse, that their largely self taught techniques dated back many centuries to the Kabbalah, Vedantism, Buddhism, Taoism and early Christianity. In their own words we hear the stories of men who managed against many odds to learn to live in the moment, the here and now. We also hear how through meditation they have been able to empathetically feel the damage done to their victims. How so many were victims of religious anger and not able to accept some of today’s religious dogma is a surprising story to the usual “prisoner finds religion.” Drug addiction was healed; anger was dissolved; forgiveness became a way of life.
Meditation and Prison Reform
According to a Delaware prominent defense attorney, Joe Hurley, most of the crimes committed are a 29 second lapse in good judgment but built on years of abuse, neglect, poverty and poor role models. Everyone has, at some point has had a 29-second lapse in good judgment. For many, a lack of judgment could mean a dented fender. For the men interviewed in Redemption Behind Bars, their lack of good judgment caused suffering for others, themselves and resulted in their incarceration.
In many of the men that Dr. Morse counseled, drugs were the primary cause of their having a different mindset. Drugs were an escape and offered a very different set of moral responsibilities. Through compelling first person accounts, Redemption Behind Bars explores how benign neglect, anger, loneliness and depression affect the lives of so many citizens.
Redemption Behind Bars considers the view that many of today’s prisoners are often victims themselves.
Redemption Behind Bars is a film about redemption through ancient and rediscovered techniques for a change in thinking patterns. It’s also a film about “there but for the grace of God go I.” No one says when he or she is young, “Gee, when I grow up I want to go to prison!”
Production begins in September and continues until the story grows into an life-changing story with deep impact.
View below the first video of Melvin Morse after leaving the Sussex Correctional Institute. It is a brief description of his spiritual experiences there.