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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

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November 12, 2015
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WCTV: State Corrections Program Rehabs Both Dogs and Inmates

Published: November 10, 2015
By: Matt Galka

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CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. -- Florida criminals serving time are learning skills they can use in society with the help of some four legged friends. A state program that pairs inmates with dogs is working for both groups.

Binkie is part of a statewide program that pairs heartworm positive dogs with Florida prisoners. Inmates help with rehab and obedience training...

Sergeant Jeanne Maddox runs Wakulla’s program. She says the skills inmates learn through teaching the dogs are vital for reentry.

“They learn how to work well with others, they learn to appreciate teamwork and the value of that, they learn to appreciate what it really means to help other people,” said Sgt. Maddox.


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 23,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.

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