Prisoners, Dogs, Training, and Rehabilitation

7 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2018

Date Written: August 31, 2018


Federal and state programs that use convicted offenders to train homeless dogs bring together two groups of creatures whom society has often thrown away and about whom society does not want to concern itself. Yet those creatures seem to be able to help, support, and rehabilitate each other. We should not fail to take advantage of the reformative potential of prisoners and dogs just because we cannot prove that by working together, they will necessarily improve the prospects for each other in every case. No program run by people should be expected to work 100 percent of the time. That is asking for perfection. The available evidence, however, does justify further consideration of these programs.

Keywords: Prisoners, dogs, prisoner-dog training programs, rehabilitation

Suggested Citation

Larkin, Jr., Paul James, Prisoners, Dogs, Training, and Rehabilitation (August 31, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Paul James Larkin, Jr. (Contact Author)

The Heritage Foundation ( email )

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Washington, DC 20002-4999
United States
202-608-6190 (Phone)

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