Digging Deeper: Exploring the Value of Prison-Based Dog Handler Programs

  title={Digging Deeper: Exploring the Value of Prison-Based Dog Handler Programs},
  author={Jacqueline G. van Wormer and Alex Kigerl and Zachary Kirk Hamilton},
  journal={The Prison Journal},
  pages={520 - 538}
As U.S. correctional systems continue to rollout evidence-based programs, the utility of “complimentary” programs that do not address recidivism reduction remains in question. Many U.S. prisons have a variety of prison-based animal programs, yet the outcomes are largely unexplored. This research addresses a literature gap by evaluating the intermediate outcomes associated with a statewide prison-based dog handler program. Using propensity score matching, we compared 1,001 inmates in a pretest… 

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