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  1. Using Reentry Simulations to Promote Changes in Attitude toward Offenders: Experiential Learning to Promote Successful Reentry

    Contributor(s):: Moak, Stacy C., Walker, Jeffery T., Earwood, Martha, Towery, Gabby

  2. PAWsitive Outlook: The Effects of Human-Animal Interaction on Incarcerated Women Participating in a Prison-based Animal Program

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    | Contributor(s):: Katherine Sohn

    This study investigates the effects of human-animal interactions, bonds and relationships on incarcerated individuals through their involvement in a prison-based animal training program. The context of the study provides a unique opportunity to examine human-animal interaction in a situation of...

  3. Unintended Rehabilitation: A Comparative Analysis of Prison Animal Programs

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    | Contributor(s):: Mielissa Beseres

    Prison Animal Programs (PAPs) are built on the foundation of the human-animal bond. Integrating animals into correctional settings through a therapeutic approach could potentially influence many individuals as prisons continue to increase their capacity. In this comparative analysis, the United...

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

    | Contributor(s):: Contalbrigo, L.

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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,...

  8. 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...

  9. Prison Animal Programs: A Brief Review of the Literature

    | Contributor(s):: Rhiana Kohl

    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...

  10. "Freedom from themselves" gendered mechanisms of control, power, and resistance in prison dog training programs

    | Contributor(s):: Andrea Button

    During the past twenty-five years, the number of prison programs in which inmates train dogs has increased rapidly. A lack of systematic studies to address the effects of these programs on staff and inmates has led to limited, anecdotal accounts of the impact of these programs on correctional...

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

    | Contributor(s):: Furst, Gennifer

  12. 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...

  13. A Beneficial Partnership for Everyone Involved: An Interview with Alyson Cox of NEADS

    02 Jun 2016 | Posted by Katie Carroll

    NEADS Manager of Communications Alyson CoxLike most service and therapy dog organizations, National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) puts an emphasis on their dogs’ thorough...

    https://habricentral.org/members/2412/blog/2016/06/a-beneficial-partnership-for-everyone-involved-an-interview-with-alyson-cox

  14. Canines (and Cats!) in Correctional Institutions: Legal and Ethical Issues Relating to Companion Animal Programs

    | Contributor(s):: Rebecca J. Huss

    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...

  15. Prisoners, pups, and PTSD: the grass roots response to veterans with PTSD

    | Contributor(s):: Furst, Gennifer

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

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

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

  19. 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...

  20. 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...