The Caledonia Community Work Camp in St. Johnsbury, a minimum-security prison, houses human and canine "inmates." The non-violent offenders are training the dogs to be service dogs for the disabled, most likely veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, said The Rutland Herald. The dogs receive basic training at the prison for one year and then graduate to the National Education for Assistance Dogs Service home in Massachusetts, where they will spend another year finishing their training. "You have got to be a dog lover, an animal lover, and love to do it because it’s a 24-hour job," inmate trainer Dwayne Davis said. The puppies are trained to do something good for society, while they provide the soon-to-be-released inmates a feeling of normalcy. NEADS programs are currently in 14 prisons in four states, but they are looking to expand in New England, Oregon, New York, and Maryland. It’s definitely a bark in the right direction.
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