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Los Angeles: Students Help Inmate Dog Trainers Journal Their Stories

Los Angeles

English professor Bidhan Roy adopted his dog from Karma Rescue, which works with Lancaster State Prison in “Paws for Life,” a program pairing unadoptable shelter dogs with prisoners who train them to earn Canine Good Citizen certificates. Learning that trainers were required to keep journals and needed help reviewing their entries, Roy created a service-learning class. Students corresponded anonymously with the prisoners and helped them edit their journals. Additionally, a similar course taught by Roy at the prison ensured the inmates read the same literary works the students read, for mutual discussion. Lives changed: students learned, certificated dogs became adoptable, and one prisoner, previously unsuccessful in garnering an appeal for release, was granted parole, in part due to his involvement in the project.

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