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Iowa prison program using dogs to rehabilitate inmates
By qconline.com- Michaele Niehaus
Published: 06/24/2019

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — A program at the Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility is giving inmates and dogs a second chance.

Through the Fully Rescue Educational Development Program, inmates are paired with dogs from the PAW Animal Shelter in Fort Madison. The dogs stay with their handlers for about eight weeks, though that period sometimes varies based on the dogs' progress. Their handlers work with them extensively throughout their stay to correct problem behaviors and make them more suitable for adoption.

"They have all been deemed unadoptable for one reason or another," Andrea Wright, executive officer at MPCF, recently told The Hawk Eye of the roughly 10 dogs sitting quietly alongside their handlers in a classroom at the prison, where handlers and their dogs meet weekly to go over training tips and offer each other advice on how to address issues their dogs may be having.

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