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NCJ Number: 159130 Find in a Library
Title: Wild Mustang Program: A Case Study in Facilitated Inmate Therapy
Journal: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation  Volume:22  Issue:3/4  Dated:(1995)  Pages:95-112
Author(s): J L Cushing; J D Williams
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 18
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility operated a horse adoption program between 1988 and 1992 to provide inmates with animal-facilitated therapy.
Abstract: The Wild Mustang Program began in 1988 in an effort to save wild mustangs that were in danger of dying by starvation or thirst. The program provided meaningful employment for inmates who usually worked at menial jobs that did not offer many rewards. Since animals can facilitate rehabilitation and the care of animals develops responsibility and commitment in the individual providing that care, the Wild Mustang Program was intended to develop each inmate's sense of challenge, accomplishment, and pride in a job well done. Data from inmates and correctional facility staff indicated the program reduced disciplinary reports, particularly for those who simultaneously participated in substance abuse counseling and for violent offenders. Violent offenders showed reductions in both major and minor disciplinary reports, while property offenders experienced reductions in major disciplinary reports but showed increases in minor disciplinary reports. Evidence was inconclusive regarding recidivism. 21 references and 3 tables
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Inmate discipline; Inmate misconduct; Inmate treatment; New Mexico; Program evaluation; Recidivism; Violent offenders
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