Pawsitive solutions: an overview of prison dog programs in Australia

Humby, Lauren and Barclay, Elaine (2018) Pawsitive solutions: an overview of prison dog programs in Australia. The Prison Journal, 98 (5). pp. 580-603. ISSN 0032-8855


Abstract

A survey of animal welfare agencies and corrections departments across Australia was conducted to compile a nationwide profile of prison dog programs, wherein inmates train dogs while learning skills to assist their rehabilitation. Most programs operating in 23 prisons in six Australian states were a community service design administered by animal welfare organizations. Inmates benefit through opportunities to train the dogs, give back to society, gain a sense of responsibility, improve self-confidence and social skills, and acquire vocational qualifications to improve job opportunities postrelease. Barriers identified included insufficient funding, limited training opportunities for the dogs, and some staff resistance.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2020 05:31
Last Modified: 07 May 2020 03:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: correctional treatment programs; human–animal bond; prison dog programs; rehabilitation
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160202 Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940402 Crime Prevention
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.1177%2F0032885518793951
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37867

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