Greyhound rehabilitation programme helping prisoners

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Newstalk ZB ,
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Audio,
Publish Date
Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 6:25p.m.
Rimutaka Prison is undertaking the unique programme. (Photo / NZ Herald)

A prison programme is aiming to get retired racing greyhounds ready for new homes as pets.

Prisoners at Rimutaka Prison are taking on roles as dog handlers and foster carers.

The treatment programme is taking place in a therapeutic unit with men identified as having a high risk of violent offending.

Corrections officer Jo Heath told Larry Williams that the programme will benefit the prisoners as well as the greyhounds.

"They're getting to practice the skills they've learnt through their therapeutic course and applying them to every day life, things that you and me might take for granted."

LISTEN TO JO HEATH TALK WITH LARRY WILLIAMS ABOVE

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