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Crimcast is a virtual resource devoted to critical conversations about criminology and criminal justice issues. Our blogposts, twitter feeds, podcasts and other content provide an overview of trends, research, commentary and events of interest to criminal justice practitioners, academics and the general public. CrimCast is sponsored by The Center for Crime and Popular Culture, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY.

Prison-based Animal Programs

Nickie Phillips

In this episode we interview Dr. Gennifer Furst, assistant professor at William Paterson University, New Jersey.  Dr. Furst discusses the benefits of prison-based animal programs.


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Furst, Gennifer.  (2007, July).  Prison-Based Animal Programs in the United States: Implications for Desistance.  Prison Service Journal, No. 172, 38-44.

Furst, Gennifer.  (2007).  Without Words to Get in the Way: Symbolic Interaction in Prison-Based Animal Programs.  Qualitative Sociology Review, 3, 96-109.

Furst, Gennifer.  (2006).  Prison-based Animal Programs: A National Survey.  The Prison Journal, 86, 407-430.

L.I.F.E.R.S. Public Safety Steering Committee of the State Correctional Institution at Graterford, PA (2004).  Ending the culture of street crime.  The Prison Journal, 84, 48S-68S.

Maruna, S. (2001).  Making good:  How ex-convicts reform and rebuild their lives.  Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association,

Maruna, S., LeBel, T., Mitchell, N. and Naples, M. (2004).  Pygmalion in the reintegration process:  Desistance from crime through the looking glass.  Psychology, Crime & Law, 10, 271-281.

Maruna, S., LeBel, T., and Lanier, C. (2004).  Generativity behind bars:  Some “redemptive truth” about prison society.  In E. de St. Aubin, D. McAdams, & T. Kim (Eds.), The Generative society: Caring for future generations (pp. 131-151).  Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Toch, H. (2000).  Altruistic activity as correctional treatment.  International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 44, 270-278.