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Prisoners give greyhounds 2nd chance at life.

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Uploaded on Sep 9, 2007

Brooksville, Florida -- Hernando Co. Jail is housing more than inmates these days.

Since May 8, greyhounds moved in with 50 female inmates. The pilot program called 2nd Chance at Life has already been tried in prisons in other states, but this is the first in the county at a county jail.

During a 12-week training session, inmates share their cells and care for the dogs 24/7, while socializing and preparing them for their new adoption homes. Staff oversees the preparation of the dogs for their Greyhound Good Citizen Certification.

The program focuses on spiritual, emotional, and personal growth for the inmates, through the spreading of unconditional love -- an emotion many inmates have never been exposed to.
The greyhounds are teaching the inmates patience, responsibility and developing parental skills. In many instances, inmates may be experiencing for the first time the concept of working together

For more information about the National Greyhound Foundation: www.4greyhounds.org

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