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Women Offender Programs and Issues

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Pet Facilitated Therapy in Correctional Institutions


B. Training and Certification

All PFT programs implemented in correctional institutions include a classroom training component, though this section is not always mandatory. These classes teach inmates how to handle the animals properly to avoid injuries to themselves and to the animals. The goal of these programs is to provide inmates with basic vocational skills though not all of the programs include certification. Equipped with basic training and grooming skills, the inmates can seek further training education or apprenticeship when they are released back into the community.