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Prison Animal Programs: A Brief Review of the Literature

By Rhiana Kohl

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Since the inception of canine training programs in correctional facilities during the 1980s, evidence of effectiveness has been unexplored, leaving the questions of correctional staff and researchers alike unanswered. Systematic research exploring the long term effects of such programming has been scant; however, anecdotal reports from inmates, correctional employees, and recipients of inmate-trained service dogs have been copious and overwhelmingly positive. 


Katie Carroll

Date December 2012
Pages 5
Publisher Massachusetts Department of Correction, Office of Strategic Planning and Research
Language English
Institution Massachusetts Department of Correction
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Animal training
  3. Correctional Institutions
  4. Dogs
  5. Mammals
  6. Pets and companion animals
  7. prison-based animal programs
  8. Prisoners
  9. Prison programs
  10. Prisons
  11. Service animals
  12. service dog training programs
  13. therapy and service dogs