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"Midhudson News" featured Dyson's Parenting, Prison and Pups in "Prisoners and pups graduate from Pace program"

11/20/2019

"Midhudson News" featured Dyson's Parenting, Prison and Pups in "Prisoners and pups graduate from Pace program"

Westchester County Executive George Latimer has announced that on November 4th, nine women at the Westchester County Department of Correction completed Pace University’s innovative animal-assisted therapy program ‘Parenting, Prisons and Pups’, which helps to heal parents incarcerated at the Westchester County jail.

The program, developed in partnership with the county’s Department of Correction and non-profit The Good Dog Foundation, pairs incarcerated mothers with trained therapy dogs to teach them parenting skills as part of their return home after release.

“Parenting, Prison and Pups” is one of 32 programs in place at the Westchester County Jail. Nationally, it is the first program of its kind to incorporate animal-assisted therapy into a structured classroom curriculum and instills trust in women that participated in the course, many of whom have experienced prior trauma and violence or who suffer from mental health issues and addiction.  In working with therapy dogs, the program enhances their parenting skills in an effort to return them to their families and to reduce familial incarceration.

Correction Commissioner Joseph K. Spano addressed the graduates and congratulated them on taking up the opportunity to learn skills that would assist them in strengthening their relationships with their children and loved ones.

Spano said: “Your families, WDOC Staff, and the communities you will once again call home support you during your reentry process, so never give up because many people are rooting for your success.”

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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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"News-Medical.net" featured Pace University's Parenting, Prison, and Pups in "Using therapy dogs reduces stress and improves emotional well-being in vulnerable adults"

02/11/2019

"News-Medical.net" featured Pace University's Parenting, Prison, and Pups in "Using therapy dogs reduces stress and improves emotional well-being in vulnerable adults"

...With Pace University, we are partners with their Department of Criminal Justice in designing and implementing a pilot study of female prisoners struggling to learn parenting skills prior to reunification with minor children.

Some 70% of female inmates in the U.S. leave minor kids behind when incarcerated, and this severs and wounds the mother-child bond. Female inmates have a tougher time than males in jail, and their kids are an at-risk population, far more likely to end up in jail.

Our study, ‘Parenting, Prison, and Pups’ is now in its third year and already spotlighting the power of dogs to comfort prisoners and enhance learning. We’re hoping results show a positive, cost-effective scalable option for rehabilitating prisoners, especially those with children.

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