Sunday, March 23, 2014

New York Times Features TDCJ Patriot Paws Program

Gatesville - In an article in today's New York Times by Sonia Smith, inmates from the Lane Murray Unit are featured in the Patriots Paws program that trains service dogs to perform basic task for disabled veterans. 
Dogs are trained to completed task such as  pulling up bed covers, retrieve a bottle from a refrigerator, pick up a wafer-thin credit card from the floor, and even help with the laundry by dropping soiled clothing in a washing machine and removing items from a dryer. Some can also remove shoes and socks and pull up a pair of trousers for a disabled person.
Training a service dog takes from 18 months to two years and, even with inmate labor, can cost up to $20,000.  In 2008, Patriot PAWS expanded its service dog training program to include a partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).

As of a 2011 report, of the 21 women involved in the program that have been paroled, the recidivism rate was zero.
See featured article in the New York Times by clicking below:

New York Times - TDCJ Patriot Paws Program

A version of this article appears in print on March 23, 2014, on page A27B of the National edition.

For more information on the program: Click here for Patriots Paws Prison Program Information


  1. Maybe they can train a K9 for CO's since many of us don't have time at home anymore. I need a K9 to clean my house when I'm working double shifts.

  2. This is for disabled vets that served their country you jerk. Hire a house cleaner...or better serve your country before you open your ignorant mouth!!!!! You make us COs look bad idiot!

    1. Excuse me but COs don't serve their country? I don't believe that anyone has even tried to deny disabled vets this service. The poster simply speaks of a problem that no one wants to acknowledge. Many COs are often working in dangerous conditions with too little time off. Which makes things even more dangerous. Does this give you the right to become rude and call someone you don't even know a jerk or an idiot?

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