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Troubled Cats Get New Chance in Prison

Troubled Cats Get New Chance at Life in Prison
Lifestyle News by NewsLook

Cats that might have otherwise been put down are enjoying a second chance at life inside the walls of a Washington state program. Prisoners take care of the cats and gain their own benefits from the interaction. Photo Credit: Steve-h via Flickr.

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8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Sounds like a marvellous program, there is often a bond between cat and person and caring for them in an environment like this likely helps the person involved in the caring. The cat that had been close to being put to sleep also benefits. Such interaction is very positive.

7:50PM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

good for both involved. although taking cats away as punishment doesnt seem really right.... but a great idea! now lets introduce dogs too :)

12:48PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

This is a great idea. Other states should try it. Of course it would have to be a minimum security prison. Most inmates there are trustworthy. I think this benefits everyone, the inmates and the cats.

12:09PM PDT on May 19, 2012

thanks for sharing :) hope it works :)

9:04AM PDT on May 17, 2012

I agree that this is a win-win program--great for both inmates and cats!!

1:10AM PDT on May 17, 2012

Thank you for the information.

4:19AM PDT on May 15, 2012

They wont hand a mentally troubled, psychopath inmate a cat and expect everythign to turn out ok. They have done screenings and psychological tests to determine who is suitable for this project. As you heard in the video, the guy was found guilty of multiple counts of theft; not murder, torture, rape, or any other crime that may indicate some mental dysfunction. I'm sure the cats are being well cared for by these guys, and I doubt that they are completely unmonitored for majority of the time, so they may not have the opportunity to do these said "disgusting things". If this program wasn't working, they wouldn't be televising it.

7:15PM PDT on May 13, 2012

great idea

4:44PM PDT on May 13, 2012

Lets hope it works. thanks

3:22PM PDT on May 9, 2012

Julie B.....let's hope you're wrong. These are cats don't forget. If you're not treating a cat right, it's going to be noticeable. A mistreated cat will never sit docilely in the lap of unkind person.

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