CHCF inmate-trained dog fulfills offender’s final wish to help others

CHCF inmate-trained dog fulfills offender’s final wish to help others

An inmate-trained dog named Tilda is off to fulfill her now deceased trainer’s final wishes by helping crime victims. In June 2016, Tilda arrived at California Health Care Facility so the pup could be trained by one of the inmates. She was 4 months old when offender Ken Millikan began working with her.  Getting Tilda trained in the basics, Millikan would encourage other inmate trainers to see the program as a way to help make amends for their past misdeeds. “I cannot change the things I have done in the past, but I can help somebody else have a better future by raising this puppy,” he would often say to the other handlers.

Tug Reward: Academy graduates expand statewide K-9 program

Tug Reward: Academy graduates expand statewide K-9 program

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.

Correctional Training Facility dog program gives hope, purpose

Correctional Training Facility dog program gives hope, purpose

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.