This Inmate Saved a Dog 12 Years Ago. After His Release, He Gets a Big Surprise
I’m not sure who benefits more, the pups or the men; either way, it’s a good story all around. It’s clear that dogs can be a wonderful support to people who need it, which is why many prisoners aren’t waiting until release to get involved with dogs.
Many correctional facilities have been involved in canine training programs, since the 1980s. While no definitive study has been conducted, researchers have linked involvement of dogs in therapy to reduced depression and blood pressure.
The Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Oklahoma noticed a big dip in the incidence of depression after pairing depressed inmates with dogs. A positive moral boost has also been noted amongst both staff and inmates at Kit Carson Correctional Center in Colorado.