Are the disabled allowed to have their assistance dog if they were sent to Prison?

Example: The seeing eye dog

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Nope. The inside of a prison is not a public accommodation. Most prisons would not even permit a visitor to enter with a guide dog, much less let one remain there with a prisoner. The dog would be an inherent security risk for the prison and the prison would not be a safe place for the guide dog.

    Consider the difficulties with providing for a dog in a prison. How would the dog toilet? How would he get exercise? How would he be fed? Jails are not set up to accommodate dogs.

    Get details by calling the toll-free ADA information line operated by the U.S. Department of Justice:

    http://www.ada.gov/infoline.htm

    Source(s): I'm a disability advocate specializing in service dog issues.
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  • 1 decade ago

    No, prisons are not public accommodations and as such do not have to follow discrimination laws. I doubt a blind person would even be able to visit someone in prison with a guide dog. The dog would not be needed and would not be able to have its needs met properly. The rights of the dogs do need to be taken into account and there needs are not best met by living in a prison environment. There are some prisons that do have puppy raising programs, but these are usually in low security prisons, and are ALWAYS with very carefully selected inmates and the dogs spend the weekends in the community with volunteer puppy raisrs so they are not in the prison the whole time. They have special off lead places they can play and training sessions each day, which can be put in place as they have mulitple dogs at the same prison.

    The dogs would be a security risk and so would a cane for a blind person. Even if people do use wheelchairs, unless it is impossible for them to walk I think you would find they would not be able to have them in prison and if they were granted access to a wheelchair it would be a prison issue one to ensure that there was nothing about the wheelchair that could be used a weapon.

    Prisons are not like the rest of the world. People have been sent there primarily to make the community safe due to crimes they have committed and which have been found to occur beyond all reasonable doubt by a jury and judge. The type of people in prisons around them also needs to be considered as they do need to consider the dogs safety. Even if the prisoner could for reason show a benefit for the dog and was able to take care of the dogs needs there would be too great a risk of the dog being abused by other people. Even when the prisons do have puppys in the prison they do have kennels in place in which the dogs can be placed if there are security issues or lockdowns and the dogs are able to be removed from the prisons immediately. If these things are not in place then the puppies are not allowed inside as it could place them at risk.

    Source(s): Disability advocate
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  • 1 decade ago

    no they wouldnt need the animal and its inhumane and dangerous to the other pisoners the dog would be reassigned

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes, dogs are allowed.

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  • Russ
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    1 decade ago

    Yes - he is called a cell mate. I have never heard of it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    yeah

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