Mused Multimedia-Documentary on the Prisoner and Dog TAILS program
Mused Multimedia’s Documentary on the Prisoner and Dog TAILS program tells the story of the heart-warming and transformational relationships between prison inmates and uncared-for canines participating in the TAILS program.
Currently, the U.S. has the highest rate of incarceration in the world: the US population makes up approximately 5% of the world’s population yet almost 25% of the globe’s incarcerated population. Once released, many former prisoners feel they have no other option but to return to a life of crime, resulting in high rate of recidivism for former criminal offenders.
TAILS (Transitioning Animals Into Loving Situations) is currently being filmed with support from the Peninsula Humane Society and the San Mateo Sheriff’s office in Redwood City, California. The program aims to teach inmates animal training skills that will help them transition back to life on the outside, while providing companionship in prison. Often inmates enter the program with a little or no skills with caring for animals, in giving clear directions, and with using positive reinforcement to shape the dogs’ behavior.
The film will document the effects of relationships cultivated through the TAILS program, for prisoner and dog alike. They are currently in production. Upon completion, the film will be entered into numerous national film festivals.
GRANT AWARD DATE: May 3, 2015