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Old 03-21-2010, 01:42 AM
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Please don't let this offend anyone. But Ever since I discovered Lock Up on (Famous news channel) TV I've about watched it every hour even the replays of the night and weeks. I just saw one about a prison that allows the inmate men to adopt them. I think it was Indiana or somewhere. I may be wrong. But they adopt the cats from the shelters. You know it's probably something many of you may not agree on but you know it does help to have something. It made me teary watching the man with his cat. It would be nice if all places allowed that. But its also a good thing most places don't I guess. Guess the question I have is are there many places that do this?
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Old 03-21-2010, 01:47 AM
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Hm..im not sure.

All i can say is..the only cats I'VE seen at honey's prison...is the stray one wandering around the parking lot

p.s. why would it offend people???
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I just watched this one too online =] I thought it was kinda sweet
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Not sure why it would offend anyone honestly...I guess I just try to be nice don't want to upset anyone. It's pretty sweet it gives them more hope.
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:02 AM
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I dont know why you think that would be offensive to anyone. I think it is GREAT. Some of those guys have NO-ONE and it keeps them out of trouble. Just like that guy said "If I am having a dark day, my cat will bring me out of it".

Its a great thing
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Never heard of cats...do know a lot of prisons have dog training programs and there are even some that allow them to adopt dogs (they don't have to go through the training course and then have to leave). The prison I was in had the dog training program...the women had to earn the right to be accepted into the program and they had to train the dogs...I think they got to keep them for about 9 months and then the dogs would have to leave and then they'd bring in a new batch of dogs.

I know one of the women was a term lifer...she had no family...got no mail...no pen pals...nothing. She was in her early 70's and she told me once that the dogs are what kept her going since her husband had died (she'd been in for 39 years when I first met her and her husband had died during the course of her incarceration but I'm not sure when).

I think it gives them something to care about...something to focus on...other then the concrete walls.
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There are equine programs too...and I think any kind of program that gives the inmate something to love and hold onto is an awesome program!
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Did you see where the cat made a break for itI thought it was sweet too and its nice to know I"m not the only one up at night watching Lock Down!! Thought i was the only on that did that lol
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they have cats at la tuna camp. they are there to catch the reptiles and snakes, some of them are tame and some are wild. but if the guys leave there windows open the cats do come in and snuggle with them. i am an amimal person and my animals help me through alot. they are always there and when i am upset she knows and wants to come and give me kisses. and she doesnt leave til i am feeling better. it makes me feel better that someone is there comforting me even if it is the dog.
having someone is better than having noone.
it teaches them disipline and how to deal with emotions.
what i would have trouble with if i was locked up. is letting them go.
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I think the cat thing is a good idea! I know that when my sweetie got locked up, three days later, I got a dog just to keep me occupied.
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The prison I worked at had cats. They couldn't come into the dorms or cells, but the guys got to take care of them out on the yard.
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I've heard a few of the FL prisons had some cats wandering around but they didn't really belong to any of the inmates. Some of the guys did kinda "take them in" and feed them and care for them. I think I read somewhere they may have gotten rid of of, which I think is sad too.
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I saw that episode last night. I thought it was amazing how the cat would sit on his back/neck and behaved so well. Was wondering if anyone on the Indiana board posts about this and found this post instead.

I also think this is a great idea and helps place animals that otherwise wouldn't have a home.
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Not only do they have a dog training program in Kansas but they also have a Mustang ranch where they break/train wild mustangs for adoption.
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There are cats at the prison where my husband is at. One in particular has kittens all the time and some of the guys will take the kittens into their cells and take care of them. The one that always has the kittens is always in visiting and we tried getting our pic taken with her today but she wanted nothing to do with that.
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In Kansas they have dog training programs where the prisoners get to train dogs.
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Awl, my doggies are the same way and I thought people thought I was crazy when I would tell them they are my best friends and know when I am upset, but for reals it is true!!!! Glad to know there is someone else who knows that too And I think this thread is so touching and would be a wonderful thing for all people in prison because animals are the greatest companion when we love them

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they have cats at la tuna camp. they are there to catch the reptiles and snakes, some of them are tame and some are wild. but if the guys leave there windows open the cats do come in and snuggle with them. i am an amimal person and my animals help me through alot. they are always there and when i am upset she knows and wants to come and give me kisses. and she doesnt leave til i am feeling better. it makes me feel better that someone is there comforting me even if it is the dog.
having someone is better than having noone.
it teaches them disipline and how to deal with emotions.
what i would have trouble with if i was locked up. is letting them go.
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I dont know if it is in Kansas, but I watch Cell Dogs on Animal Planet here in SA. The things those inmates do for those dogs is wonderful. They take the dogs that would otherwise be put down and retrain them into adoptable pets. They even train the dogs to be service dogs.

I personally think this is a wonderful thing, as it gives the prisoners an incentive, and has even turned a few around and taken them from being bad to good. A few have even said that being in the Cell Dog program has saved their lives. They even take the dogs to visit inmates in Segregation, and the inmates say that these visits to them, make the biggest difference to their days.

To those prisons that do run this kind of Program. Good for you. It is a wonderful thing that you do.
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I wish they had something like that where my husband was he is a cat person, he had a cat when he was locked up but I had to get rid of her (gave her to my cosin) when the baby was born, b/c that cat was the devil to anyone but him. The month inbetween his lock up and the baby being born, I only cuaght glimpses of her as she snuck to get food...I think that it would really help him and others to be able to have something to help them get through it. ANd petting cats is suppose to lower stress levels and blood pressure.
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ive seen those episodes too i think its cute! i even saw one w groundhogs i think it was
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[ ive seen those episodes too i think its cute! i even saw one w groundhogs i think it was ]

Now groundhogs I might be a little concerned about. Do the inmates take them out along to prison wall to work on tunnel preparation?
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My friend is at Indiana State where the show was done. He says those cats are treated like royalty not just by their owners but virtually everyone.

No one would dare do anything to hurt them. Most of the cats are able to wander around (having more freedom than their owners). He says they all know which cells to hit (to get the best food).

It is also a powerful incentive in that one of the requirements of having a cat is to maintain a good behavior record. And nobody wants to risk losing custody of their baby.

ps-- the cats that they have are ones that would probably otherwise be put to sleep.

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[ ive seen those episodes too i think its cute! i even saw one w groundhogs i think it was ]

Now groundhogs I might be a little concerned about. Do the inmates take them out along to prison wall to work on tunnel preparation?

haha never know lol!!!!
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Nope, not the only one! I think I am obsessed with this series. I DVR it on Saturday's (they often have 3 or 4 on in a row) just to zap through the commercials. I know I'm starting to see repeats. I'm glad that they just started new eppy's!

On to the original topic, I think that it is really great that the prisons that allow the cats habe them. I am a cat person (I have three...just lost two ) so I can see just how they would help a lonley soul in a prison. I often wonder though, how do they keep "their cats in their cells at night or during the day? Surely, they wander about???

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