This is a video about prison inmates looking after cats and it is great. It is a win-win; both parties gain from it. When prison inmates look after cats they learn how to be empathetic towards others and to think of someone else other than themselves. Most prisoners spend all them time thinking of themselves.
In addition cats have a calming influence. And they foster a gentleness in men who are likely to be angry. I am sure they have selected suitable prisoners for the programme because there will be a chance of it going badly wrong if an inmate mishandles a cat and the cat retaliates. I can see that going down the wrong road to violence.
But overall, the benefits are enormous. You know what they say: prison is about punishment and rehabilitation. In practice the latter is hardly ever achieved. In fact some say that prisons make first-time criminals into hardened criminals. They achieve the exact opposite to rehabilitation.
So, in that rather bleak context these cat programmes are a blessing. I love the way this inmate or former inmate talks about handling cats. He has become quite the expert. In addition to all the benefits listed above cats educate if the person is open to that possibility.
Education is the best route out of a bad life. Learning about yourself and being objective. Craig gets paid $55 per months and lives in a 2-man room. He has to look after a cat. That’s the deal. And he is pleased with it.
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