Posts Tagged ‘humane society’

Brunch Links

July 20, 2009

Uh oh, do you have a case of the Mondays? Unfortunately you can’t shoot me for asking. Either way, we’ve a few good news items today, including a corrections officer robbed of his ID and badge at a bar. Corrections has been on the brain lately, what with sentencing reform, a humane society program that allow inmates to train dogs. Today is another look at the ugliness of our system…

AP: The Wisconsin Supreme Court will decide today whether 16,000 inmates at Milwaukee County Jaily are eligible for compensation for being subjected to crowded and filthy conditions.

Journal-Sentinel: Need a fake ID? Rob a prison guard.

State Journal: Crime or fear of crime? “In some cases, long-time residents of some neighborhoods are afraid of young blacks and Hispanics who are not breaking the law.”

Bill Lueders: “But perhaps the biggest culprits of all are never implicated. I’m talking about ordinary health care consumers. These are the folks who let the current rotten system continue. How? By putting up with it.”

The Daily Page: “Café Monmartre was a second home to Madison musicians.”

The Chief: “Kevin Fischer’s attempt at being clever was so poorly executed that it could be read that he was calling liberals “Jews.”

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Prisons team up with Humane Society

July 19, 2009

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.