- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)46
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)42
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
Puppies for Parole
Considering all the news about waste and inefficiency in government, it's good to hear stories of private/public partnerships that are making an impact on communities.
Last February, the Missouri Department of Corrections implemented a program called Puppies for Parole. Through the program, dogs from animal shelters and animal advocacy groups are trained by inmates. The program is a win-win proposition as the dogs are better trained after their time with their inmate trainers, making their chances of being adopted that much better.
While the dogs and shelters benefit from the program, so do the inmates. The inmates have an opportunity to interact with the dogs, take on a responsibility while in prison and do something that benefits the communities around them -- all of which assist in their rehabilitation.
Twelve of the state's 20 prisons currently participate in the program and two more are expected to start in the coming months. George Lombardi, director of the Missouri Department of Corrections, said the program is about to adopt its 200th dog.
While the program is a success by qualitative measures, it's also fiscally sound. Puppies for Parole operates without the use of taxpayer dollars.
All those involved in Puppies for Parole, from the Department of Corrections to shelter leaders to the inmate trainers, should be recognized for the good work they are doing through this program.