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Prison Pet Partnership

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Lillie Geil

on 14 June 2016

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Prison Pet Partnership

What is the PPP?
Mission statement
Questions answered by inmates and program manager at WCCW
Huge part of the PPP- program would not exist without them
Not the prisoners
About 30 volunteers who socialize dogs
Why I chose this topic
What the PPP does
Why I chose this program specifically
How was the PPP started?
Formed in 1981 by Sister Pauline Quinn and Dr. Leo Bustad
Started because Sister Pauline was helped by a dog when she was younger
How was the PPP started?
In 1981, there were no other programs to compare to
Now there are many programs across the country
What is the PPP?
Nonprofit organization
Helps the animals and inmates at WCCW in Gig Harbor
I dedicate my project to all the women in the PPP who helped me with my project. They gave me so much great information.
Inmate Requirements
Many requirements
If they break any requirements, they're out of the program
Admitted after passing tests
Inmate Requirements
Here are the main requirements:
High school diploma or GED
No major infractions for a year
No minor infractions for 90 days
No crimes against animals, elderly, or disabled
Must have been in prison for a least one year
Must have at least two years left in prison
Drug free
No HSRs that prevent working w/ animals or lifting (a HSR is a health and safety restriction.)
Once in program, no infractions

Process of training
Two years in program, 8:30 to 6:00, plus sleeping
One dog at a time
After Training
Become service dogs or Paroled Pets
Around 2-4 dogs become service dogs every year
Service Dogs
Here are a few main jobs service dogs get:
1) Mobility service dogs
2) Service response dogs
3) Personal therapy dogs
4) Visiting therapy dogs
5) Facility dogs

Inmate Skills
Learn grooming, boarding and training, clerical skills
Also Pet Care Technician, Companion Animal Hygienist
Inmate Skills
ABKA Basic Pet Care Class
Learn basic commands like sit, stay, down
Win-win for dogs, inmates, community
Recidivism rate remains at 0%
Hard to operate program inside prison
Seven year rotation limit
Inmates don't always get along
Prisoners think program is personally beneficial
Feel fulfilled, gives a sense of purpose to life in prison
Benefits for prisoners
Good memories
Fulfilling project
Able to do something well in life
Benefits for dogs
Dogs gain skill sets that will make them more adoptable
Second chance at a good life
Similar Programs
Amazing and complicated
Inmates helped me understand program
What I learned from this program
Many similar programs across the country
Some programs work with more than one prison
Rachel Keeler, Vocational Education Program Manager
Prisoners at Washington Corrections Center for Women
By Lillie Geil
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