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Hounds Behind Bars
Greyhounds are successfully fostered
and trained in a prison program.
By Mary Renck Jalongo, Ph.D.
eing involved with Greyhounds that
are trained in prison often prompts
interesting questions and comments.
"You must be really brave! How can you
work with such bad people? Aren't you afraid
someone will grab or hurt you?" "Is there an
armed guard right there all of the time?" "Do
you know what crimes they committed?" You
see, on Thursday afternoons, I visit the State
Correctional Institution Pine Grove to teach
classes to inmates.
summarized as follows: "I was nervous at first,
Mary Louden with members of the Prison Greyhounds program at the Putnamville Correctional Facility.
Photo courtesy of Prison Greyhounds.
but I trust the staff to protect me, and I comply
inmates, it is wise to remain cautious, but you
with their instructions. As you work with
also recognize that committing a crime does not some prisoners in the general population who
My answers to these questions can be
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make someone unrelentingly evil. Yes, there are