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Pairing prisoners with animals - Brilliant Idea!

post #1 of 17
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What a way to reduce government costs by having inmates care for animals! We should all write our local politicians and promote this idea in every state, county and city!

Below are a few of the programs already working.

http://www.sharkonline.org/?P=0000000815

http://www.wjhg.com/news/headlines/2272521.html

http://www.21stcenturycares.org/atriskteens.htm

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/homepage/x1979510109

http://www.boston.com/news/local/con...n.com+%2F+News

http://www.sheriffleefl.org/about/ja.../celldogs.aspx

http://www.flahf.org/html/programs.htm
post #2 of 17
I've seen this on TV. It isn't a new thing but it's a good thing.
post #3 of 17
There was the "Birdman of Alcatraz"
post #4 of 17
I think it is a wonderful idea.

States need to find ways to save money and this is a good one.
post #5 of 17
i seen something about this on TV, i think its a great idea! It benefits the pet as well as the inmate, they can share each others company and love.
post #6 of 17
It is a great and productive idea( it is a REFORM process for both canine and homo sapien animals ... there was a discovery/ animal planet series a number of yrs ago featuring different prisons and how they did it ... Ie some created service dogs others focused on teaching manners to family type dogs
post #7 of 17
Sheriff Arpaio has been doing this for a while in Phoenix. Those who have studied the program say that the incidence of childhood abuse is way over-represented among those who are taking care of the abused animals. Let me say that another way. It seems that people who were abused as children have a special empathy for animals who have been abused, and the relationship seems to help heal both of them.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Sheriff Arpaio has been doing this for a while in Phoenix. Those who have studied the program say that the incidence of childhood abuse is way over-represented among those who are taking care of the abused animals. Let me say that another way. It seems that people who were abused as children have a special empathy for animals who have been abused, and the relationship seems to help heal both of them.
I have always heard that children that were abused usually grow up to be abusers themselves. I never heard about the special empathy for animals.

If what I heard holds any truth, then my guess would be that Sheriff Arpaio was severely abused as a child.
post #9 of 17
Read his Bio. That would be my suggestion.

His success cannot be argued with and that is what counts with me.
post #10 of 17
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If what I heard holds any truth, then my guess would be that Sheriff Arpaio was severely abused as a child.
Just had to get the snide political remark in, didn't you? That was neither called for nor apropos in a discussion of people helping animals.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Just had to get the snide political remark in, didn't you? That was neither called for nor apropos in a discussion of people helping animals.
Well actually my remark was not aimed at politics nor animals so I'm not certain what you mean. I personally think it's wonderful for people to help animals and it's also great to see people rehabiltated. You brought up Sheriff Joe and I just said that I had heard that people who were abused as children grow up to be abusers and if that were true, Sheriff Joe must have suffered serious abuse. Anything I've ever heard about abusers (which you brought up in this thread) was that they were more likely to abuse including animals. And, if you want to get down to the nitty gritty, I doubt if many of Sheriff Joe's prisoners are rehabilitated.
post #12 of 17
However strongly you might feel about Sheriff Arpaio, impartial observers have said the program is successful and effective, helping both prisoners and animals. And that's what our main concern is, isn't it?
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
However strongly you might feel about Sheriff Arpaio, impartial observers have said the program is successful and effective, helping both prisoners and animals. And that's what our main concern is, isn't it?
But this thread isn't about Sheriff Joe and his programs - this is about other penal institutions that have programs where inmates work with the dogs. Sheriff Joe's issues are a different thread.

I have edited out my "nasty" reference to Sheriff Joe - it was not appropriate and I apologize to all.
post #14 of 17
I think the idea of having inmates care for animals is a wonderful one, I've seen a couple TV programs on it. I think it gives the inmates responsibility and a reason to stay out of trouble. And we all know the power of an animal's unconditional love
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
I think the idea of having inmates care for animals is a wonderful one, I've seen a couple TV programs on it. I think it gives the inmates responsibility and a reason to stay out of trouble. And we all know the power of an animal's unconditional love
I agree. I've seen only one TV program on it but those guys really loved and cared for the animals. Who knows what kind of life some of those inmates had as kids and young adults. I can imagine that some of them never knew or experienced a lot of love and probably didn't see a lot of responsibility in their environment. Caring for and loving those dogs who don't judge anyone must be wonderful for them.
post #16 of 17
The sad truth, probably, is that many inmates have never received love in their lives. They will receive it, unconditionally, from dogs.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
The sad truth, probably, is that many inmates have never received love in their lives. They will receive it, unconditionally, from dogs.

Great post, and I totally agree with you.
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