Inmate-trained service dog now helping end-of-life patients

Inmate-trained service dog now helping end-of-life patients

A service dog trained by two inmates in the Prisoners Overcoming Obstacles & Creating Hope (POOCH) program at R.J. Donovan State Correctional Facility is now helping patients who are at the end of the their lives. Since graduating from the prison program, Stevie comforts patients who receive Symptom management care at Hospice of the North Coast’s (HNC) Pacifica House.

CDCR Time Capsule 2003: For these four-legged employees, work is always fun

CDCR Time Capsule 2003: For these four-legged employees, work is always fun

This 2003 story looks at the department’s five drug-sniffing K-9s. “Three prisons – CSP-Solano, Correctional Training Facility and Salinas Valley State Prison – employ specially trained dogs and handlers to help stop the flow of illicit drugs. For Major and his K-9 colleagues at the other prisons, the serious business of sniffing out drugs is one big game.”