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Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and first responders, as well as explosive-detection canines for law enforcement.

Puppies enter prison at the age of 8 weeks and live with their inmate puppy-raisers for approximately 24 months. As the puppies mature into well-loved, well-behaved dogs, their raisers learn what it means to contribute to society rather than take from it. PBB programs bring the love and healing of dogs to hundreds of individuals every year. The dogs bring hope and pride to their raisers, and independence and security to those they serve.

What happens when law enforcement and inmates come together over a dog?

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PBB dogs bring comfort to health care heroes in this Today show feature.

Introduction to Puppies Behind Bars

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"I never thought a service dog could open the door to me living my life again, but that's exactly what pete's done for me."

— Brian, former 9/11 first responder
The puppies are almost four weeks old! They are growing so fast! They are enjoying exploring their new space, with new toys, stairs and sounds. #growingup #puppyfun #pbb
Hello everyone, we are now introducing Charlie’s litter! Say “Hi” ! #puppies #puppiesarethebest #pbb
Luke was found! Thank you everyone!
Help! One of our released dogs ran away from his home in Lyme CT last night at 11:30 pm. He is a nine year old black lab. If you live near Lyme or know anyone who does, please help us find him. He is wearing a collar with no tags. Thank you!  Update: Luke was found!
The puppies are now a little over two weeks old. Their eyes are opening, they are beginning to walk and they are playing with each other and toys! Go puppies! #puppypower #puppyplay  #pbb