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Prison Dog Programs

Renewal and Rehabilitation in Correctional Facilities

  • Mary Renck Jalongo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Mary Renck Jalongo, Mary Louden, Lee Estock
    Pages 53-78
  3. Amy Johnson, Laura Bruneau
    Pages 79-97
  4. Benjamin Wright, Mary Renck Jalongo, Tonya Guy
    Pages 123-141
  5. James W. Conroy, Elizabeth C. Coppola, Charles S. Ferris, Nora L. Conroy, Steven J. Devlin, Julie A. Boc
    Pages 193-211
  6. Mary Renck Jalongo, Mary-Ann Sontag-Bowman
    Pages 233-254
  7. Carmaleta Aufderheide, Mary Renck Jalongo
    Pages 275-303
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 305-322

About this book


This edited volume brings together a diverse group of contributors to create a review of research and an agenda for the future of dog care and training in correctional facilities. Bolstered by research that documents the potential benefits of HAI, many correctional facilities have implemented prison dog programs that involve inmates in the care and training of canines, not only as family dogs but also as service dogs for people with psychological and/or physical disabilities. Providing an evidence-based treatment of the topic, this book also draws upon the vast practical experience of individuals who have successfully begun, maintained, improved, and evaluated various types of dog programs with inmates; it includes first-person perspectives from all of the stakeholders in a prison dog program—the corrections staff, the recipients of the dogs, the inmate/trainers, and the community volunteers and sponsors

Human-animal interaction (HAI) is a burgeoning field of research that spans different disciplines: corrections, psychology, education, social work, animal welfare, and veterinary medicine, to name a few.  Written for an array of professionals interested in prison dog programs, the book will hold special interest for researchers in criminal justice and corrections, forensic psychology, and to those with a commitment to promoting the ideals of rehabilitation, desistance thinking, restorative justice, and re-entry tools for inmates.


Corrections Prisons Re-entry Alternative Approaches to Corrections Inmate Rehabilitation Prison Environment Inmate Wellbeing Dog Training Animal Rights Quality of Life in Prisons Human-Animal Interaction (HAI)

Editors and affiliations

  • Mary Renck Jalongo
    • 1
  1. 1.Emerita, Indiana University of PennsylvaniaIndianaUSA

About the editors

Mary Renck Jalongo, Ph.D. is a Professor Emerita at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) where she served as director of the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction. In 1991–1992, Mary was named the University’s distinguished professor, a university-wide award based on teaching, research, and service. 

Her work with Springer Nature includes 25 years of experience as the editor-in-chief of a journal and 13 years of experience as editor of a book series.  She has authored, co-authored, and/or edited over 30 textbooks and scholarly works with leading publishers. In addition, she is the recipient of six national awards for excellence in writing.

Her recent research, articles, and books have focused on the human-canine bond. Since 2006, she has volunteered extensively in the community with her registered, trained, and insured greyhounds and collies. She currently serves as an evaluator of handler/ therapy dog teams for Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Since 2015 she has been collaborating with staff from the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution Pine Grove to teach inmate/trainers of service dogs.  Upon successful completion of four courses and training of a service dog, inmates can earn a certificate of completion in dog training and humane education from IUP.

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