March 21, 2008

ID: Idaho prison dogs

From the Idaho Statesman:

Photo Gallery:
A Look into The Inmate Dog Alliance Project of Idaho

(A)t the Idaho Correctional Center south of Boise... the Inmate Dog Alliance Project of Idaho... has been training dogs from the Idaho Humane Society for two years. The dogs and inmates in the program are together 24 hours a day 7 days a week for several weeks...

The Inmate Dog Alliance Project... provides inmates a chance to work with dogs... that need training so that they become more obedient pets and can be adopted more easily.

Photo Credit: Shawn Raecke/ Idaho Statesman


Gracehoper said...

I think this is a fantastic idea - the only problem is that the death row inmates are not allwed to participate in the program; I suppose that's due to their limited time out of doors. Most of them can watch the dogs while they are outside though.

Patty said...

FYI---I am writing a book on the prison dog programs.It has been a very enlightening experience. These programs are healing lives--human and canine alike.

I encourage folks to let me know about any stories they may have about the people, the dogs or the programs---join in the conversation at my web site and blog.