Puppies Behind Bars

Rehabilitation program for inmates involves training guide dogs


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About the project Edit

Puppies Behind Bars is a program in the U.S. that enlists inmates to raise service dogs. As the puppies mature into well-loved, well-behaved dogs, their raisers learn what it means to contribute to society rather than take from it. PBB programs bring the love and healing of dogs to hundreds of individuals every year. The dogs bring hope and pride to their raisers, and independence and security to those they serve.

A similar initiative is taking place at the Shimane Asahi Shakai Fukki Sokushin Center in Japan, a private sector prison for inmates serving sentences between 1 and 8 years long. The facility has partnered with the Japan Guide Dog Association to have inmates raise puppies for the eventual purpose of becoming guide dogs. The program has been shown to decrease violence among inmates and foster a sense of responsibility and compassion for others.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Animal therapy has been proven to work in many different rehabilitation settings. Bringing animals into incarceration facilities is still relatively new and is producing great results

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Helping rehabilitate inmates as well as increasing the number of dogs prepared for guide dog training reduces crime rates in cities as well as helping a marginalized group.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

A similar idea has been instituted in juvenile correctional facilities in the United States. Inmates help raise puppies that will later become guide dogs, service dogs, or explosive detecting dogs.

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