Jail Inmates, Shelter Dogs Make For 'Tails Of Redemption'

Jennifer Keiper
March 27, 2019 - 5:01 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Wednesday was graduation day at Cook County Jail for some special dogs.

The "Tails of Redemption" class pairs up shelter dogs with detainees for eight to 10 weeks. Inmates train the dogs and live with them in a special wing, with the goal of making the canines adoptable.

“It’s just a remarkable program,” Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said. “It’s costing the taxpayers nothing. It’s saving animals’ lives, and for detainees involved with this program they’ve just done amazing things.”

Devin Hodge, who is in jail for drug possession, has the largest and oldest dog in the program. At first, he said, he was a little frightened by the dog’s appearance.

“It just teaches me, don’t judge a book by its cover,” said Hodge, who showed off his charge to reporters and officials.

Dogs that graduate get a special brown-and-white checkered collar and a diploma.

The next class of dogs begins training in two weeks.