This Is What Happens When You Combine Graceful Retirement & Second Chances

By Anne Cacherell

More than just a sanctuary to retired, injured and rescued race horses, Second Chances Farm in Sykesville, Maryland, in partnership with Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, also conduct a unique rehabilitation program that prepares inmates in re-entering the world after serving their time.

Trained as grooms, inmates learn all the skills necessary as well as compassion and patience to work with horses. These life disciplines have been proven to make the inmates become more productive and responsible citizens thus decreasing their likelihood of going back to prison.

The emotional benefits of caring for animals are beyond doubt. How do you think Restorative Justice Programs impact the lives of inmates after prison? Don’t hesitate to share with us your opinion.

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