Prisoner Rehabilitation

These Horses Give Prisoners a Second Chance
Published on Jun 22, 2015

Some inmates in the Maryland state prison system are hoping to make their lives after prison better by working with retired racehorses. The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation has found homes for the horses at correctional facilities where inmates are trained as grooms. The prisoners benefit from learning new skills as well as the compassion and patience it takes to work with the horses. Studies have shown that programs like these help decrease the likelihood that an inmate will return to prison.

PRODUCER/EDITOR: Gabriella Garcia-Pardo
VIDEOGRAPHERS: Kathryn Carlson and Gabriella Garcia-Pardo


Prison Work Farm Rehabs Inmates, Horses
Published on Dec 20, 2013
An innovative program in the United States is giving man and beast a second chance at life. VOA’s Julie Taboh takes us to a prison farm in the state of Virginia where inmates are gaining valuable job skills as they learn to care for retired racehorses, that in turn receive attention and a well maintained facility.

Racehorses Get a ‘Second Chance’ from New York Inmates
Published on Jun 5, 2015

The 2015 Belmont Stakes is set for Saturday, and everyone involved with horse racing dreams of owning a Triple Crown winner.
But for the thoroughbred horses that don’t succeed or have grown too old to compete, future prospects can be grim.

So what happens to racehorses after life on the track? At a farm project by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation in Wallkill, about 80 miles north of New York City, retired racehorses are given a second chance from an unexpected group of men.

Arizona Correctional Industries Trains, Houses, Feeds and Cares for Mustangs collected under the US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program.

Inmates at the Arizona State Prison Complex Florence gain valuable work skills and life experience through caring for and training these wild animals.

The general public is invited to adopt any of the Horses or Burros, either as Wild Mustangs or Halter or Saddle Trained Horses. For more information, Please contact ACI at 602-272-7600.

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