Friday, June 22nd

With the help of inmates, there was a dog-gone nice graduation at the Jackson Correctional Institution.

Inmates trained a number of service dogs during the past year to assist individuals with various disabilities. Last week, inmates demonstrated skills the dogs have learned before they leave JCI to complete their training.

It was the first group of dogs trained under the program, and the graduation celebration included Warden Lizzie Tegels, program and prison staff and inmates.

Can Do Canines is a non-profit organization that trains dogs for individuals who have hearing loss, mobility challenges, seizure disorders, Type I Diabetes or childhood autism.

During training, each dog is assigned to specific inmates, who teach basic commands and prepare the dogs for service.