Young Offenders at HMYOI Warren Hill, Suffolk, are being taught falconry, as well as a number of other animal based courses, in a bid to release stress and provide opportunities for work upon release.
They are listed in a Freedom of Information request which details how animals and wildlife are used within the UK prison estate.
At HM Prison Littlehey, Category C male sex offenders enjoy quality time with greyhounds within the prison walls.The FOI request reveals 'carefully selected' groups of inmates are responsible for 'feeding, grooming and exercising' the greyhounds under the supervision of staff.
The training is part of an NVQ in Animal Welfare being studied.
At other prisons, there are schemes for animal petting as therapy for prisoners, the Prison Service reveals. It is commonly seen as beneficial for humans to pet animals, with similar schemes run in homes for the elderly and with young children.
Littlehey, in the village of Perry near Huntingdon, Cambs., has set up its own facilities to care for the dogs. They are being integrated into prison life as part of the 'educational opportunities' on offer across the prison estate.
At HM Prison North Sea Camp, a men's open prison, located on the edge of Freiston in Lincolnshire, inmates are given lessons in how to look after pigs and sheep, and also instruction on animal transportation.
Both of these opportunities are also meant to promote realistic job opportunities on release for these offenders.
This is just another example of Justice Minister Michael Gove being extremely keen to continue promoting OLASS as the most important way to help them return as a contributing, well-rounded member of society.
Source: Jeremy Armstrong, The Mirror