Benefits of the SPP Network

SPP programs have shown benefits for all involved:

  • Corrections staff provide low-cost programs, create positive social interactions, increase prison safety, and reduce operating costs
  • Inmates receive meaningful education, gain valuable job skills, and contribute to the corrections community and communities outside the fence
  • Students and teachers practice education, sustainability science, cutting-edge conservation biology, social justice, and cross-cultural communications
  • Program partners gain access to eager and capable partners, which means they can do more—grow more native plants, train more service dogs, and inspire more environmental stewardship

SPP programs are inexpensive and effective. They also require a distinctive approach. Until you know what works, the differences among corrections professionals, inmates, and outside partners can be hard to navigate; too often, we have seen folks with good intentions get tangled up in miscommunications. We want you to be successful; get involved and we will show you how!

Visitors to the dog program at Cedar Creek Corrections Center learn about the dog program training service animals for war veterans. Photo by Shauna Bittle.

Visitors to the dog program at Cedar Creek Corrections Center learn about the dog program training service animals for war veterans. Photo by Shauna Bittle.