Prisons team up with Humane Society


It’s been mostly good news coming out of the Department of Corrections this year. First, the budget included crucial sentencing reforms that would allow convicts to earn early-release with good behavior. I was ready to be satisfied with that until I saw this story over at the Wheeler Report. It turns out that people aren’t the only ones getting second chances in Wisconsin this year.

The Department of Corrections (DOC) and Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) today commemorated the start of the new “Second Chances” dog socialization program at the Thompson Correctional Center (TCC).

Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) dogs enrolled in “Second Chances” typically have a more difficult time finding a new home due to poor training and social skills.

This 12-week program, which began June 28th, offers these dogs a second chance through additional training and development of important social skills. Selected TCC inmates provide handling, caretaking and personalized training of the dogs, under TCC staff supervision and with the instruction of a DCHS canine behaviorist.

A good plan indeed. One of the episodes of “Lock-Up,” the perpetual MSNBC “special” on prisons featured maximum-security inmates who were allowed to keep cats as pets. Anybody who’s seen a normal person – with access to family, friends and a life – smooch a dog in plain view can understand how meaningful animal companionship can be to a prisoner who has none of the above.

Also note that I was reluctant to post anything good about the Humane Society, as it was one of about 20 potential employers that have politely declined access to my talents this summer.

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One Response to “Prisons team up with Humane Society”

  1. Jan Viney Says:

    Hi, I am the development director at DCHS and I really appreciate the positive comments on this new program. Thank you!!! I also saw your comment at the end and I would love the opportunity to talk to you more about this. I am not familiar with you or your offer to help, so if you are willing, I’d love to hear from you. My email was entered in the form above.
    Jan Viney

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