I think that there are pros and cons to it. I think it is a good thing for a prisoner to be around dogs because it is a way they can express feelings. But a lot of murders start off as animal abusers. So what if they hurt the dog?
They didn't seem like a bunch of murderers on the show.More like people who lost their way in society. They were always supervised with the dogs and were taught how to train them. They built relationships with the animals and then during interviews said that it was the first time in their lives they felt like they were worth something. They also commented on how the animals didn't judge them. Its amazing the power animals have on people.
the animal planet show is called cell dogs. and wasn't there something in the news about a prisoner sodomizing a dog while it was in the program? i have seen more positive things about it but that really disturbed me to hear.