Who rescues whom in this prison dog training program?
USA TODAY NETWORK Elissa Koehl, USA TODAY September 4, 2014

Inmates in jail and dogs about to be euthanized don't typically cross paths. But at the Atlanta Fulton County Jail, inmates and dogs, both destined for a difficult road ahead, are finding love and compassion in one another. Read Full Article 

Doing Good: Jail program tranforms inmates, helps find homes for rescued dogs
Devika Rao For the Atlanta Journal Constitution  Monday, July 8, 2013

Susan Jacobs-Meadows had always wanted to find a way to help animals when she discovered a way to help people in the process.

In January 2012, she started Canine CellMates and began to develop a program that would be dedicated to reducing recidivism and improving the lives of inmates while saving dogs from euthanasia. After 18 months of working with Fulton County and the community, the program officially launched on June 3 at the Fulton County Jail.

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Canine CellMates: How dog and inmates save each other! June 29, 2015   Hanna Gondola / The Daily Share

In 2013, about 40% of dogs brought to Fulton County, Georgia, pounds were put down. Susan Jacobs-Meadows wanted to do something about it. Inspired by similar programs in other cities, she founded Canine CellMates. The idea behind the 10-week program is to pair a dog about to be euthanized with a nonviolent inmate who is about to join the outside world. Read Full Article 

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Canine CellMates in Atlanta pairs shelter dogs with inmates for training and bonding while dogs await adoption.

Watch: Canine CellMates saves dogs -- and more
By HLN Staff  Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Canine CellMates, based in Fulton County, Georgia is having a huge impact on the local jail. Dogs who otherwise would be euthanized are paired with inmates so both of them have the opportunity to "get out on good behavior." The program's founder, Susan Jacobs-Meadows, started Canine CellMates to save dogs; she didn't realize how much she would fall in love with helping the inmates. Now, she is taking her passion for rescue to a whole new level.

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Canine CellMates offers prisoners and shelter dogs a second chance June 5, 2015   Emma Lacey-Bordeaux

During the mutually beneficial program, inmates care for dogs and teach them obedience skills. Read Full Article 

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Five Prisons Improving Life on the Inside.
March 14, 2014   Marcus Harrison Green / Yes Magazine

                                                                From Canine CellMates to computer training,
                                                                prisons across the country are finding small ways
                                                                to make life behind bars better for inmates. More
                                                                than 100 inmates have participated in the Canine
                                                                CellMates program at the Fulton County Jail. It's
                                                                "extremely rare" for an inmate to reoffend after
                                                                 completing the program, says the coordinator. 
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