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"Pawsitive Changes": Dog training helps prisoners rehabilitate

The Pawsitive Changes participants stand in a circle as they discuss dog psychology. Photo taken Feb. 6, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX)

From the outside, the California City Corrections Center looks the same as most prisons. Tall fences lined with barbed-wire stash criminals away from the rest of society.

If you walk inside the confines of those fences you'll see something that doesn't look like most prisons. You'll see inmates training dogs.

This is the "Pawsitive Changes" program. It's a combined effort by the prison and Marley's Mutts to help prisoners rehabilitate.

Marley's Mutts is a local non-profit which works to get dogs adopted and get them trained to be service dogs.

The goal of this program is to train the dogs to be good canine citizens and for the dogs to train the inmates how to be good human citizens.


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