A  story of love, loss, and redemption, PRISON DOGS focuses on the impact of a unique dog training program that gives two of the most marginalized populations in our society — prison inmates and veterans — a second chance. 

MEETING THE PUPPIES

Inmates selected to participate in the Puppies Behind Bars program meet the puppies for the first time.

TRAINING THE PUPPIES

Inmates raise, train, and care for the puppies in jail. Over 2-3 years, they teach the puppies 92 commands, 8 specific to PTSD.

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SERVING THE VETERANS

The puppies will become service dogs for veterans with PTSD, enabling them to adapt to civilian life.

Photographs by Peggy Vance