It is reported that the first official Confucius classroom in a prison has been unveiled in the east Shandong province in China, where Confucius was born.
In an aim to improve the cultural atmosphere within the Luzhong prison, inmates will be taught traditional handwriting, classic literature and moral ethics and values as part of the charity program run by the China Confucius Foundation.
It is believed that the traditional teachings of Confucius will help prisoners cultivate virtues and adopt good behaviour. The emphasis of filial piety and mutual respect in his teachings can also assist in rehabilitating prisoners.
Some ancient Confucian wisdom that could help to reform prisoners:
“When you make a mistake, do not be afraid of mending your ways”
“A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.”
“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.”
“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”
“When anger rises, think of the consequences.”