CHCF held a holiday parade of festively-dressed canines who marched through the prison’s acute care units. The friendly four-legged students are trainees in the puppy program, a service-dog training program at the prison operated in partnership with Canine Companions for Independence.
Dogs are helping offenders better themselves through rehabilitation – for the canine as well as the inmate The first graduation for North Kern State Prison’s (NKSP) Pawsitive Change Program was held Nov. 10. The 18 program participants received a certificate for Canine Behavior and Training.
On Nov, 7, Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC) held a graduation ceremony for 13 inmates and six dogs after they completed the 12-week Pawsitive Change Inmate Dog Program.
Costumed canines made their way through the High Acute Units at California Health Care Facility (CHCF) to celebrate Halloween. The festive pooch parade brought smiles to inmates and staff alike.
The inmate population on California State Prison, Sacramento’s (SAC) B Facility, raised $1,657 in April by holding a food sale. The proceeds benefited the Front Street Animal Shelter. As part of SAC’s continued efforts to serve the local community, the prison hosts various fundraisers, donating the proceeds to local charities. Inmate food sales, where inmates purchase specially priced food items not commonly served in the institution, is one of the ways proceeds are raised. The charities benefiting from donations are selected by the inmate population and the Community Resource Manager (CRM).
Changes are happening at North Kern State Prison (NKSP) thanks to Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue and their Pawsitive Change program. Pawsitive Change was implemented in August as part of CDCR’s innovative grant program. This progressive and intensive rehabilitation program matches “death row” dogs with NKSP’s Level III inmates.