Fairfield / Jefferson County
1991 - 1998 Crime Statistics
 
'Maharishi Effect': 'Golden Dome' at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa
"Golden Dome" at MUM
Fairfield, Iowa

Fairfield, Iowa is the home of Maharishi University of Management (formerly Maharishi International University) since 1974. "Golden Domes" were constructed on the campus, and completed in 1980/1981, to accomodate group practice of the TM-Sidhis program by students, staff, faculty and residents of Fairfield.

Listed below are crime statistics for Fairfield/Jefferson County, Iowa, for the years 1991-1998, showing an overall increase in crime. According to the TM Organization, however, "...research has confirmed the existence and the universality of the
Maharishi Effect. It has become possible to lodge a prediction in advance with the police and the Mayor of a city and then create the effect."[1]

This is certainly not true for Fairfield, Iowa.

According to an August 25, 2000 news article, "On the other hand, in Fairfield -- where 20 percent of the population meditates on a daily basis -- 'criminal arrests on drug charges, weapons charges and for drunken driving increased dramatically in 1999,' according to the Fairfield Ledger. The town's overcrowded jail was forced to send prisoners to five other Iowa jails in late 1999."[2]

Fairfield (and Jefferson County) in Iowa have been the recipients of the "Maharishi Effect" since about 1975, after the MIU campus was established there in 1974. After 25+ years, and with the largest group of TM and TM-Sidhis practitioners in the United States, shouldn't Fairfield be "an ideal society, free from crime and problems" as "predicted" by the TM Organization? Shouldn't this have been accomplished, even at one the lowest TMO-reported levels of crime reduction -- "an average 8.2%" per year?

According to the ME formula, only 102 people practicing TM (solely, 2x20 minutes, not including "sidhis" practice) are required to cover the ME for the city of Fairfield (10,163 x .01 = 102); and 171 people practicing TM are required to cover the ME for Jefferson County (17,080 x .01 = 171).[3] There have been at least 171 people in Fairfield practicing TM since 1975 (est. approx. 600 in 1975). In 1994, there were an estimated 1600 TM practitioners.[4] Currently, there are an estimated 2,000 TM practitioners living in Fairfield (20% of the local population.)


CRIME STATISTICS
for Fairfield / Jefferson County
1991 - 1998


There was an overall crime increase for the period -- as opposed to the "predicted" continual crime decrease which "establishes a new formula for the creation of an ideal society, free from crime and problems".[5] The 1991 Group "A" Crime Index was 6103.5. The average of the Group "A" Crime Indexes[6] for the eight-year (1991-1998) period was 6347.1.

Group "A" crimes include "violent crime" such as murder, rape, robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, etc.; "property crime" such as burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, arson, etc.; and also crimes such as narcotics and drug equipment violations.

This look at crime rates in Fairfield is for a recent eight-year period; but by 1991, the "Maharishi Effect" had already been "at work" in Fairfield for 16 years, and by 1998, the "Maharishi Effect" had been in place for 24 years. Also, Fairfield has far exceeded the 1% of the population practicing TM requirement for the ME, with the largest group of TM and TM-Sidhis practitioners in the United States, since 1979. By 1994, Fairfield was reported to have approximately 16% of the population practicing TM and TM-Sidhis[4]; and by 2000, Fairfield was reported to have grown to approximately 20% of the population practicing TM and TM-Sidhis.[2]

The crime indexes listed below are inclusive of all reported crimes in the Group "A" category.


YEAR:
1991 Fairfield / Jefferson County
POPULATION: 16,515
NBR OF GROUP "A" CRIMES: 1,008
INDEX: 6103.5

YEAR:
1992 Fairfield / Jefferson County
POPULATION: 16,515
NBR OF GROUP "A" CRIMES: 1,071
INDEX: 6485.0

YEAR:
1993 Fairfield / Jefferson County
POPULATION: 16,513
NBR OF GROUP "A" CRIMES: 1,154
INDEX: 6988.4

YEAR:
1994 Fairfield / Jefferson County
POPULATION: 16,600
NBR OF GROUP "A" CRIMES: 1,081
INDEX: 6512.0

YEAR:
1995 Fairfield / Jefferson County
POPULATION: 16,933
NBR OF GROUP "A" CRIMES: 1,091
INDEX: 6443.0

YEAR:
1996 Fairfield / Jefferson County
POPULATION: 16,933
NBR OF GROUP "A" CRIMES: 1,041
INDEX: 6147.8

YEAR:
1997 Fairfield / Jefferson County
POPULATION: 16,992
NBR OF GROUP "A" CRIMES: 994
INDEX: 5849.8

YEAR:
1998 Fairfield / Jefferson County
POPULATION: 17,080
NBR OF GROUP "A" CRIMES: 1,067
INDEX: 6247.1

Notes to Text:


[1] Source: TMO's Maharishi University of Management -
http://miu.edu/m_effect/index.html

[2] Source: News article by Daniel Kraus. Roo The Day. salon.com | Aug. 25, 2000.


[3] Population figures based on 1998 statistics from the Iowa Dept. of Public Safety.


[4] Source: 1994 MIU Catalog, "MIU students have the opportunity to learn Yogic Flying, practiced twice daily in MIU's Golden Domes by 1600 students, faculty, staff, and members of the Fairfield community."


[5] Source: TMO's "Creating Heaven on Earth" - www.alltm.org/Maharishi/Maharishi_year2.html

[6] Crime statistics based on the Iowa Uniform Crime Reports.
 
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