Pawsitive solutions: an overview of prison dog programs in Australia

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Humby, Lauren and Barclay, Elaine. 2018. "Pawsitive solutions: an overview of prison dog programs in Australia." The Prison Journal. 98 (5), pp. 580-603. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0032885518793951
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Pawsitive solutions: an overview of prison dog programs in Australia

ERA Journal ID17381
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsHumby, Lauren (Author) and Barclay, Elaine (Author)
Journal TitleThe Prison Journal
Journal Citation98 (5), pp. 580-603
Number of Pages24
Year2018
Place of PublicationThousand Oaks, Calif., United States
ISSN0032-8855
1552-7522
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0032885518793951
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.

Keywordscorrectional treatment programs; human–animal bond; prison dog programs; rehabilitation
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440202. Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of New England
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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