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Rehabilitation program pairs inmates with animals

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 00:55

May 10 - Inmates in Massachusetts get inspired working with animals -- including raccoons, foxes and ducks -- as part of a rehabilitation program. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Inmates from this Massachusetts jail are hard at work - caring for animals It's part of a pilot program meant to rehabilitate both the animals and the inmates. Lionel is serving 2.5 years for assault and battery. SOUNDBITE (English) NORFOLK COUNTY JAIL INMATE LIONEL SAYING: "You're not an inmate when you're here. It's just a great experience. You feel like it's a regular day at work and you go about your business." The New England Wildlife Center hosts the inmates and provides the training. Kenny says he finds the work rewarding. SOUNDBITE (English) NORFOLK COUNTY JAIL INMATE KENNY SAYING: "Not only did it sharpen my skills as a carpenter, it made me believe in myself again." One inmate even continued to volunteer at the wildlife center after he was released from jail. He hopes it will lead to a job.

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Rehabilitation program pairs inmates with animals

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 00:55