Inmates could be helped by dogs

Seward, Alaska (KINY) An Alaska jail has started a program for inmates and man's best friend.

Inmates at Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward that have good disciplinary records have started to work with companion dogs in an effort toward rehabilitation. 

KSRM-AM reported Wednesday that the program encourages the inmates to be on their best behavior.  There are currently 400 inmates at the facility. Jail officials said if an inmate behaves they could get a dog no matter how many. 

Jail officials said it could also help the inmates improve social skills, understanding and compassion and even earn employment once they are released.  The dogs even sleep in their primary handler's cell at night.



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