Target: Governor of Nevada Brian Sandoval
Goal: Applaud program designed to rehabilitate recently released prison inmates through horse training.
Prisons in America have been hailed as an institution that does little to rehabilitate inmates. Oftentimes, when these inmates are released, they return to the system because prisons lacked the required resources to reform these individuals. The state of Nevada offered a different approach, where inmates from a maximum security prison in Carson City, Nevada pair up with wild horses and try to tame them. In the process, these inmates acquire life skills, and the horses can be adopted to owners. This humane option is producing positive results not just to the horses, but the humans involved, and the state of Nevada should be praised for these contributions.
The Northern Nevada correctional center has been running this program for 15 years, where wild horses from Nevada’s desert are brought in and paired up with an inmate. The corrections facility receives at least 1,000 applicants, but director Hank Curry will only choose 10 to 20 inmates whom he feels are up to the challenge. These inmates work extremely hard: They are required to wake up at 5:30 in the morning, clean out the horse’s stalls, provide them with hay, and other morning chores. Afterward, they work one-on-one with the horses.
However, because these horses are wild, many do not respond well to the human touch. Inmates are required to walk the horses on leads before they can get on the animals. Even when on the saddle, there is still danger. Inmates have been sent to the hospital for concussions and broken collar bones, a result of a horse bucking its rider off or slamming into them. It is because of this dangerous and demanding work environment that many inmates do not apply for the job, but for those that do and commit, they are often rewarded.
This program taught inmates the importance of hard work and patience, skills that they will need when they leave prison. Sign this petition and thank Governor Brian Sandoval, who is a part of the Board of State Corrections, for providing this opportunity for inmates.
Dear Governor Sandoval,
Recently, the Nevada State Corrections Department has received attention for providing inmates an opportunity to rehabilitate by taming wild horses. While this work is often dangerous and demanding, the inmates that keep to this work often come out to be contributing and well-rounded citizens.
Pairing inmates with animals has led to a lot of success. There are numerous cases around the nation where inmates get to work with dogs, cats, and horses in an effort to reform them. These actions cannot be ignored, and I am grateful that your state has opted for this method of rehabilitation. Keeping an individual locked up will not always reform a criminal, it is often through patience and helping someone else that redemption can be found.
[Your Name Here]
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