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ANDREW AND REZZIE, 18-MONTH-OLD GOLDEN RETRIEVER -- Andrew was sentenced to 14 1/2 years for robbery and has been in prison for 11 years. ANDREW: "I've learned how to work with other people and do more for others. It [training dogs] allows my daughters to be proud of me to know I'm doing something good for someone else. I want to be a veterinarian. Rezzie has a natural way with him. He knows when a person is not able to do too much for themself. He will put his paw on the person's lap in a wheelchair so they can pet him. It's like you lose a part of your family when the dogs leave." ...The Puppies Behind Bars (PPB) Program works with prison inmates in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to train service dogs, including ones who help injured soldiers. The puppies arrive at 8 weeks-old and remain at the prisons, mostly working with one inmate, for 20 months. Fishkill Correctional Facility is a medium security prison in New York with 22 men in the puppy program. The emotional element of caring for the puppies breaks down the hard façade that most prisoners create for themselves to survive prison life.  Prisoners learn responsibility and pride in helping others. The program often gives them a new outlook on their crimes, their time in prison, and goals when they are released. ..
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