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INITIAL observations on a prison-based project aimed at rehabilitating young offenders are ‘overwhelmingly positive’, according to the Scottish Prison Service.
The ‘Paws for Progress’ programme is based at HM Young Offender Institute (HMYOI) Polmont and is a collaboration between the Scottish Prison Service, Dogs Trust and Rebecca Leonardi, a postgraduate student at the University of Stirling. The programme aims to help young offenders to address their behaviour and develop employment skills in preparation for their release. It was inspired by a similar programme, Project Pooch, in the USA, and, at a seminar organised by the Society for Companion Animal Studies last year, Ms …
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