A lot of people have laughed at me for getting so enthusiastic about this idea. I think it’s brilliant. For the first time, I have seen, people have the right attitude towards ‘rehabilitation’.
The idea of trusting high security prisoners with puppies that they will train into drug/weapons detectors or companions for disabled people, may, on the surface see a ridiculous hippy, bleeding heart concept. However, when you look at it, sometimes these ‘radical’ ideas are exactly what’s needed to change the world for the better.
The people who need them win
These dogs cost a FORTUNE to train. A large part of this cost is the training they go through when housed with a family. There are a bunch of people sitting in prison with nothing better to do. They have 24 hours a day of dedicated time and as the results have shown, produce the most well trained dogs in the programme.
The prisoners win
Our prison system is MEANT to be based on rehabilitation. Often I think it seems to be more about punishment – which may help us all feel better, but doesn’t achieve anything. In this example, many of the prisoners had never succeeded at ANYTHING in their lives, this is their first win. I firmly believe that no babies are born bad and I think that trusting someone who has NEVER been trusted before with something that is really important and that has a visible social benefit has the power to change some hardened criminals. Not all of them, but there is no perfect solution.
Yes we do. Because often these people get released. And if there is any chance that partaking in a programme that makes them feel like worthwhile people rather than the scum of the earth will actually WORK, then when they leave, they will leave as better people.
Why is this important?
Because on a smaller scale, this philosophy affects us all. It can certainly be applied throughout business. Show someone you trust them and they are much more likely to strive to live up to that trust, rather than having to work hard to just earn it.
It may seem simple, but I think business owners struggle a lot with that attitude and we could get a lot more done if we embraced it a little more.