Target: Gary Maynard, Maryland’s secretary of public safety and correctional services
Goal: Commend the new program under which inmates will train service dogs for disabled veterans
The Maryland Prison Agency has teamed up with a New York non-profit called America’s Vet Dogs to launch a new program that will allow inmates to train dogs while in prison. Once trained, the dogs will provide service for veterans who are blind or physically disabled. Sign the petition below to commend the agency’s decision to allow Maryland inmates to take part in the program, which will provide benefits all around to inmates, dogs, and disabled veterans.
24 inmates will begin caring for 12 puppies when they arrive in August and will eventually train the dogs to turn lights on and off, retrieve objects, and learn basic obedience.
Maryland Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary Maynard described the project as “one of the most significant restorative justice programs I have ever been involved with.” Ted Dorsey, a US Army veteran incarcerated on drug charges, will soon be taking care of one of the dogs. “I’m trying to make a lot of change,” he said. “If I can do it here, I can do it on the outside.”
The program has the potential to provide inmates with a sense of purpose, progress, and hope. By signing the petition below, you will help to commend the Maryland Prison Agency for its decision to launch the program and to encourage other states to follow suit by expanding it into their prisons as well.
Dear Mr. Maynard,
I understand that the Maryland Prison Agency has teamed up with America’s Vet Dog’s to launch a new program that will allow inmates to train dogs to be able to provide service for disabled veterans.
It is important for individuals to have the opportunity to become more productive members of their communities during their time spent incarcerated. I feel that the new program does just that and has the potential to provide inmates with a sense of purpose, progress, and hope.
I am writing to commend your decision to launch the program. I hope that other state agencies will soon follow suit by expanding it into their prisons as well.
[Your Name Here]