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Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and first responders, as well as explosive-detection canines for law enforcement.
PBB staff works within five correctional facilities. In New York, these are Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a maximum-security facility for women located in Westchester County, Fishkill Correctional Facility, a medium-security, men's facility in Dutchess County, Otisville Correctional Facility, and Wallkill Correctional Facility. In addition, PBB operates at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clinton, New Jersey.
Puppies enter prison at the age of 8 weeks and live with their inmate puppy-raisers for approximately 24 months. As the puppies mature into well-loved, well-behaved dogs, their raisers learn what it means to contribute to society rather than take from it.