The experiences of offenders in a prison canine program.

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A growing number of correctional facilities are recognizing the value of animal programs. Prisons and juvenile detention centers across the United States have begun implementing dog-training programs in which offenders within the facilities train dogs for a variety of service positions. This qualitative research study explores the experiences of the offenders who are involved in the Indiana Canine Assistant and Adolescent Network (ICAAN) program at this prison. This methodology allows the researcher to capture more depth and detail of the offenders' experiences. The data collected suggests that the ICAAN program has positive effects on the rehabilitation of the offenders within the program. Future quantitative research can possibly provide concrete evidence of the positive effects of canine prison programs. This evidence can be used by the current programs to justify their continuation, to seek additional funding, and to expand the scope of the programs. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Criminal Behavior
  • Criminal Rehabilitation
  • Dogs
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Prisoners
  • Prisons
  • animal programs
  • correctional facilities
  • juvenile detention
  • offenders experiences
  • prison canine program

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  • Wendy G Turner

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