USA: Puppies Behind Bars by Radhika Chalasani

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TYRONE AND HAPPY, A 4-MONTH-OLD LABRADOR RETRIEVER -- Tyrone has been sentenced to 8 1/2 years and has served 5 years for threatening someone at gunpoint. TYRONE: "Socrates said, "Sonte walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage." I've learned not to let these walls make me a prisoner of my own emotions. The program has  taught me to be patient, honest with myself, and how to work without ego. My last dog, Yankee, went to a war veteran somewhere in Colorado. Just knowing that I helped to change someone's live makes me feel as if I have a purpose and a destiny.  These dogs have a way of touching a person's spirit." ..The Puppies Behind Bars (PPB) Program works with prison inmates in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to train service dogs, including ones who help injured soldiers. The puppies arrive at 8 weeks-old and remain at the prisons, mostly working with one inmate, for 20 months. Fishkill Correctional Facility is a medium security prison in New York with 22 men in the puppy program. The emotional element of caring for the puppies breaks down the hard façade that most prisoners create for themselves to survive prison life.  Prisoners learn responsibility and pride in helping others. The program often gives them a new outlook on their crimes, their time in prison, and goals when they are released.