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  1. Prison Animal Training Programs: Attachment Theory as an Explanation for Changes in Inmate Behavior

    Contributor(s):: Sue D. Weaver

  2. Prison Rehabilitation: The Sociological, Physiological, and Psychological Effects of Animal-Assisted Interventions

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    | Contributor(s):: Daisy Corleto

    This paper examines animal-assisted interventions as a new form of rehabilitation in the prison setting. It focuses specifically on the multiple benefits that this form of therapy/intervention can bring to inmates, such as the reduction in recidivism and the acquirement of new skills....

  3. The Efficacy of Dog Assisted Therapy in Detained Drug Users: A Pilot Study in an Italian Attenuated Custody Institute

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    | Contributor(s):: Laura Contalbrigo, Marta De Santis, Marica Toson, Maria Montanaro, Luca Farina, Aldo Costa, Felice Alfonso Nava

    Drug addiction is a major care and safety challenge in prison context. Nowadays, rehabilitation and specific therapeutic programs are suggested to improve health and well-being of inmates during their detention time and to reduce substance abuse relapse after release from prison. Among these...

  4. An Equine-Facilitated Prison-Based Program: Human-Horse Relations And Effects On Inmate Emotions And Behaviors

    | Contributor(s):: Keren Bachi

    Policy makers and correctional authorities are seeking ways to enhance effectiveness of incarceration and reduce recidivism. Equine-facilitated prison-based vocational programs aim to rehabilitate inmates. Informed by the theories of attachment and desistance, this study evaluates the emotional...

  5. Partnering Shelter Dogs with Prison Inmates: An Alternative Strategy to Reduce Recidivism and Teach Social Therapy

    | Contributor(s):: Randi Michelle Zimmer

    This paper assesses the main factors contributing to a high rate of criminal recidivism in the United States. Based on the findings which support a theory of insufficient social therapy programs offered during incarceration, an alternative approach is offered. Animals have long been used as a...

  6. The Application and Effects of Service Dog Training by Inmates to Self-Perception and Self-Other Overlap as a Rehabilitative Approach to Incarceration

    | Contributor(s):: Carmaleta Aufderheide

    Prison Animal Programs that bring inmates and dogs together consistently report improvements to inmates’ self-esteem, ability to empathize, and helping behaviors with no understanding of why these improvements occur. With similar improvement documented in relationship closeness literature,...

  7. Death Row Dogs, Hard Time Prisoners, and Creative Rehabilitation Strategies: Prisoner-Dog Training Programs

    | Contributor(s):: Paul J. Larkin Jr.

    More and more prisons have witnessed the success of Prisoner-Dog Training Programs (PDPs) in the last few years. PDPs entail a prisoner training an animal (usually a dog) to be a service animal for the disabled or a well-behaved household pet. PDPs at state and federal prisons have turned out to...

  8. Animal-assisted therapy with female inmates with mental illness: a case example from a pilot program

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    | Contributor(s):: Jasperson, Rachael A.

    Female offenders' mental health needs have consistently been shown to exceed those of male offenders. Incarcerated women report higher rates of violent victimization, major depression, posttraumatic stress diorder, mood disorders, substance use disorders, and personality disorders. For...

  9. Helping war veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder: Incarcerated individuals' role in therapeutic animal programs

    | Contributor(s):: Furst, Gennifer

  10. Mutual rehabilitation: inmates and shelter dogs socializing each other: Jen Deane at TEDxFSCJ

    | Contributor(s):: Jen Deane

    Jen Deane took a leap of faith in leaving the financial world to run a dog rescue. But she didn’t stop there. Recognizing that pit bulls and prisoners are often the first to be written off, Deane created a program enabling local inmates to train dogs and prepare them for adoption. In her...

  11. Health promotion with the animal assisted training (MTI) for drug offenders

    | Contributor(s):: Stetina, BU, Gegenhuber, B, McElheney, J, Handlos, U, Kuchta, B, Gindl, B, Werdenich, W, Kryspin-Exner, I

  12. Second Chances Colorado: An Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy Program for Colorado Inmates

    | Contributor(s):: Provencher, Katherine J.

  13. Puppies for Parole

    Puppies for Parole is a unique program made possible through our partnerships with animal shelters and animal advocate groups statewide. Selected offenders have the opportunity to become trainers to rescue dogs in the program. Offenders work with the dogs teaching them basic obedience skills and...

  14. Prison-Based Animal Programs (PAPs) and Mental Health Outcome Measures

    | Contributor(s):: Kaitlyn N. Swyers

    The following text will detail the pervasiveness of mental health issues in prisons as a nationwide problem. This provides an important context and poses the urgent research questions of (1) how prisons can realistically attempt to lower the impact of mental health issues that are plaguing more...

  15. The therapeutic potential of a prison-based animal programme in the UK

    | Contributor(s):: Mercer, Jenny, Gibson, Kerry, Clayton, Debbie

  16. Canine Community Corps

    The Canine Community Corps promotes rescue, dignity, and service among military veterans, prison inmates and shelter dogs. Through our efforts, these three populations create a compassionate community in which everyone both serves and is served. The Canine Community Corps is a registered...

  17. Don't Throw Us Away

    Don’t Throw Us Away is a mutually beneficial program.  In this partnership, homeless dogs gain the love, training and rehabilitation that will make them adoptable and inmates become empathetic and gain a sense of responsibility and purpose, allowing them to re-enter society as...

  18. Is the tail wagging the dog? A review of the evidence for prison animal programs

    | Contributor(s):: Mulcahy, Claire, McLaughlin, Deirdre

    In the last 10 years, Prison Animal Programs (PAPs) have been implemented in many Australian correctional centres. Like our international counterparts, these programs receive glowing endorsements from key stakeholders and accolades in the media. The evidence supporting these programs however has...

  19. Loving Paws

    The Mission of Loving Paws Animal Assisted Therapy program is to promote the human-animal bond, create a fun and engaging environment that provides positive support and motivation, while enhancing the quality of life for vulnerable populations and those in need throughout Douglas County through...

  20. Dogs 4 Disabled Veterans

    D4DV is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to the rehabilitation of rescued and shelter dogs and giving them a purpose as service dogs or emotional support dogs for disabled veterans. We are located in south Florida and proudly serve our veterans throughout the state.