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United States Department of Justice featured Dyson’s Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox program Parenting, Prison and Pups in "Acting U.S. Attorney Announces Successful Conclusion Of Agreement With Westchester County Jail To Remedy Constitutional Violations A

10/16/2020

United States Department of Justice featured Dyson’s Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox program Parenting, Prison and Pups in "Acting U.S. Attorney Announces Successful Conclusion Of Agreement With Westchester County Jail To Remedy Constitutional Violations A

Indeed, the Jail has focused extensively on rehabilitation and reentry and provides a number of programming options to inmates, including culinary, civil engagement, and college programs, as well as a nationally-recognized parenting program, “Parenting, Prison and Pups,” which pairs female inmates with foster dogs and garnered a National Jefferson Award.  

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NBC featured Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Kimberly Collica-Cox in "Prison Dog Training Programs Rehabilitate Canines and Cons"

06/18/2020

NBC featured Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Kimberly Collica-Cox in "Prison Dog Training Programs Rehabilitate Canines and Cons"

Kimberly Collica-Cox, associate professor of criminal justice at Pace University in New York, has studied how the symbiotic relationship between humans and dogs can be useful in prisons. Collica-Cox helped develop a program through Pace that uses animal assisted therapy to teach incarcerated mothers better parenting skills.

“What we find is that dogs can trigger feelings of safety in humans, which will allow them to sort of open up and communicate more, which can be very helpful in a correctional setting,” she said, adding that there’s a great deal of research to support these findings.

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ABC News featured Pace Dyson Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox in "Coronavirus Closings: NY, NJ schools and universities closed amid COVID-19 outbreak"

03/12/2020

ABC News featured Pace Dyson Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox in "Coronavirus Closings: NY, NJ schools and universities closed amid COVID-19 outbreak"

Michelle Charlesworth reports on Pace University reverting to online learning amid coronavirus fears.

School closings are following the coronavirus outbreak that continues to impact the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region, with more schools and universities closing or announcing modifications to lessen the risk of community spread.

 

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CBS Chicago featured Dyson Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox in "Two New Programs At Kane County Jail Aim To Use Dogs To Help Improve Inmate Behavior"

02/14/2020

CBS Chicago featured Dyson Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox in "Two New Programs At Kane County Jail Aim To Use Dogs To Help Improve Inmate Behavior"

Parenting, Prison & Pups is a multi-year study of the effect of dogs on incarcerated women in New York by the Good Dog Foundation and Pace University’s Dyson College.

Nationally, 70% of inmates are mothers of children under age 18.

The hypothesis is that parenting skills taught behind bars are better retained if animals come to class. New York-based researcher Dr. Kimberly Collica-Cox told CBS 2 that preliminarily, depression is down and self-esteem is up.

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"NY Daily News" featured Pace University's associate professor of criminal justice and security Kimberly Collica-Cox in "Jailed NY mothers learning parenting and coping skills from therapy dogs"

12/02/2019

"NY Daily News" featured Pace University's associate professor of criminal justice and security Kimberly Collica-Cox in "Jailed NY mothers learning parenting and coping skills from therapy dogs"

Cuddly therapy dogs are giving mothers behind bars a new leash on life.

About 10 women in the Westchester County Jail are learning how to deal with their emotions and be better moms with the help of friendly pooches.

“Look at his face, he is being so extra today!” squealed 32-year-old Yosmarils Cotto as she threw her arms around Mambo, a service dog that trotted into the jail chapel.

Cotto broke into a smile as the 6-year-old black Labrador Retriever rolled over for a belly rub.

“That’s my boy right there,” said Cotto, who is facing an assault charge. "Mambo was my best friend when I was down, when I was happy, when I was mad. He was always there.”

Mambo is a canine companion from the The Good Dog Foundation, which provides the pooches as part of the Parenting, Prison & Pups program run by the jail and Pace University’s Criminal Justice Department.

“There’s no other facility that incorporates therapy dogs within a structured parenting curriculum...We’re able to form a community while we’re here, and the women really see the dogs as part of that community," said class director Kimberly Collica-Cox, an associate professor of criminal justice and security at Pace. “(The pups) provide a normalization factor...and the women feel the dogs were really able to sense when they were down, when they were depressed. They bring a lot of joy to the program."

The animals, first brought into the jails in 2017, also help teach jailed women how to better engage with their children.

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"News12" featured Pace's Parenting, Prison and Pups program in "Parenting, Prison and Pups: Incarcerated women in Westchester learn parenting skills"

10/09/2019

"News12" featured Pace's Parenting, Prison and Pups program in "Parenting, Prison and Pups: Incarcerated women in Westchester learn parenting skills"

A program called Parenting, Prison and Pups is helping incarcerated women learn to be better parents while coping with being separated from their children.

In many cases, women go months without seeing their children while incarcerated.

The Westchester County Jail is taking a unique approach, combining therapy dogs with parenting classes as part of a Pace University program.

The program teaches women basic parenting skills and allows them to care for and interact with the dogs. Organizers hope the bonds created will lead to better relationships with their families after they're released.

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