Approximately one in 107 adults in the United States is incarcerated in some type of correctional institution. Effective programs are necessary to address the issues of these inmates. A growing number of correctional facilities allow for companion animals to be integrated into their programs in a variety of ways. A Dominican nun, Sister Pauline Quinn, is frequently credited with beginning the first dog-training program in the United States in a Washington State women’s correctional facility in 1981. A cable television program called Cell Dogs, broadcast in 2004, increased the visibility of these types of programs. Reportedly, Cell Dogs triggered the establishment of programs in additional facilities. New programs are being established on a regular basis. Some states have adopted the concept in greater measure. For example, the State of Washington has animal programs in all twelve of its correctional institutions and the State of Missouri has programs in eighteen of its facilities. These programs are cited as conforming to a philosophy of “restorative justice” adopted by many departments of correction.
|Publication Title||Nevada Law Journal|
|Publisher||University of Nevada Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law|
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