swimmer8671 saidWhat if they end up hurting their pet??? Maybe we should only provide these pets to the criminals who are there for tax fraud haha. Not the criminally insane, or murderers.
They're not pets to the prisoners, it's a rescue and rehabilitation program The prisoners have to apply, be selected, and be trained to work with the animals. If all goes well, they're then allowed to start working with the dogs one on one. Because they work closely with the general public, I doubt dangerous offenders would even be considered.
The way it works is that the dogs (who typically have behavioral problems or issues) are selected by the organizations, brought to the prisons, and are assigned to their own inmate who cares for them, teaches them obedience, and gets them socialized with the goal of the dog graduating and going to their new home. When the dogs "graduate" from the program, new ones are rescued, and brought in and so the story goes.
I personally think it's an awesome idea. It gives prisoners a chance to develop some self worth while giving them a marketable skill. It gives dogs that might've been deemed as unadoptable a chance at a new life, and it gives a family a well trained, rehabilitated, & socialized pet. It saves lives.