Schnader and New Leash on Life Featured in Recent U.S. Department of Justice ArticleOn May 23, 2012 by Schnader in Litigation
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP was recognized as a strong supporter of New Leash on Life in the May 2012 edition of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (“COPS”) Newsletter article “Behind the Bars: Dogs and Inmates.” Founded by CEO Marian V. Marchese, New Leash on Life is an 11-week prison training program, where at-risk dogs are carefully chosen from the Animal Care and Control Team (“ACCT”) in North Philadelphia and brought to live with specially chosen inmates. The inmates are carefully selected from the Alternative and Special Detention facility of the Philadelphia Prisons System, screened for a history of sexual abuse, convictions related to abuse of animals and humans, and demonstrative good behavior. The inmates are taught how to take care of and train the dogs while receiving a 24-hour, 7-days a week companion. Experts on animal behavior, animal health, life skills, and job readiness provide workshops to help enrich the inmates’ lives as well as teach them animal care and training skills – with the goal of providing the inmates with the societal skills to stay out of prison when they are released. Many of the inmates already have been placed successfully with post-incarceration internships or jobs. New Leash on Life graduated its third program of students with the Philadelphia Prisons Systems on May 21, and will begin its fourth program in June. An upcoming initiative of New Leash is to expand the training program to train companion dogs for veterans who are returning from overseas combat deployments with post-traumatic stress disorder. Schnader Partner J. Denny Shupe serves on the Board of Directors for the organization and was one of the founding members of the Board.