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Spring 2016


Therapeutic Recreation


Recreation and Park Administration




Sherry L. Jones

Mentor Department

Recreation and Park Administration


Animals have been a common ground for people throughout the evolution of time, and there’s few people who don’t enjoy the companionship and joy of animals. America is often referred to as the revolving door of prison systems, which proves that today’s approach and tactics aren’t working. Research has shown that Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) programs within the prison system, can be an answer to all of these problems. Evidence from several studies indicate that inmates gain life enhancing skills, and are able to enhance coping skills to cater to their emotional and social needs as well. Few things are said about the use of Animal Assisted Therapy Programs in Kentucky, and as a Colonel Scholar I would like to use this information to build a healthier Kentucky. Focusing solely on punishment will not work, inmates need a program that instills a life changing attitude and this program can be animal assisted therapy. Our drive should be community reentry for inmates, instead we have let that slip through the cracks.