Hope Unleashed

Sister Pauline Quinn started the first prison dog program at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in 1981 as a way to help others heal as she did by helping abandoned dogs.

In this film, she re-visits two prisons, the original Women’s prison, as well as The Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Inmates, some who identify as murderers, find redemption and healing by training service dogs for veterans and first responders suffering from Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Hoping for future careers, both women and men felons train and work as dog groomers and assistance-dog trainers.

In-depth interviews with inmates, wardens, veterans, those in need of a service dog, as well as Sister Pauline, describe in moving detail how these programs have changed their lives for the better.

Filmed at the Washington Corrections Center for Women, and the Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

  • Tula Asselanis
  • Tula Asselanis
  • Tula Asselanis
  • Sister Pauline Quinn
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  • Runtime:
    21 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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    Country: United States
Director - Tula Asselanis