Seven teams graduated the latest 280-hour K-9 Academy March 23 at the Northern California Women’s Facility, an inactive prison in Stockton used for training. The frequent academies are the product of an approved budget change proposal by The Drug Interdiction Program that tasks CDCR with providing two K-9 teams at each of the 35 adult institutions in California.
Dog handler J. Prado gives his first-person account of the impact a rehabilitative program has had on him, the institution and the community beyond the walls. Others also contributed to this report. “The New Like K-9 (NLK9) dog program here at Correctional Training Facility at Soledad has deeply impacted my life. I have been given a tremendous responsibility in being entrusted with my puppy, Jett,” he said.
A young boy suffering from a life-threatening heart condition now has a four-legged friend thanks to inmates at California Institution for Men and California Institution for Women.
Wasco State Prison- Reception Center (WSP-RC) held a graduation ceremony earlier this month for 17 inmates and 8 dogs that completed the 14 week Pawsitive Change program, an intense rehabilitation program which pairs dogs headed for death row and inmates locked up in California state prisons.
Central California Women’s Facility, CCWF recently held its first PUPS Program (Puppies Uplifting Prisoner’s Spirits) graduation.
After 21 months in the New Life K9s program, California Men’s Colony (CMC) celebrated the graduation of Rusty, a 2-and-a-half-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever, and his human veteran, Henry, a military service member of 23 years and two tours.