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Published on Sep 28, 2012
Western Correctional Institution (WCI) in Cumberland has become the first maximum-security prison in the nation to have incarcerated veterans training service dogs for wounded American servicepeople. The partnership with America's VetDogs allows incarcerated veterans and other inmates to train puppies that will become service dogs for wounded and disabled U.S. military veterans.
The effort, announced Monday September 24, by DPSCS Secretary Gary Maynard, will also involve inmates at Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown (MCI-H) and Eastern Correctional Institution (ECI) in Westover. WCI and MCI-H inmates received three puppies last week with more to come, and ECI will have its litter delivered soon.