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Tompkins County Jail brings dog in for group therapy sessions

A new therapy program has been introduced to the Tompkins County Jail involving dogs.

The program focuses on a 4-year-old black Shih Tzu named Jack and he is being used on a trial basis for inmates’ group therapy sessions.


Captain Ray Bunce, Jail Administrator for the Tompkins County Corrections Division has said that the inmates love him and the sessions are going great.

The goal of bringing Jack in during group therapy sessions is to try to make it easier for the inmates to talk about things that are hard.


Tompkins County Jail is trying to bring in programs to help with mental health, and will reassess the program with Jack to see if they will continue to do it.



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