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Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014 11:03 am | Updated: 12:07 pm, Fri Jul 4, 2014.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Three shelter dogs and three northeast Florida jail inmates have graduated from a training program aimed at making the dogs ready for adoption and easing the inmates' transition out of jail.

The program is sponsored by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and First Coast No More Homeless Pets. The inmates at Jacksonville's Montgomery Correction Center spent 24 hours a day with the dogs for eight weeks.

The director of the sheriff's department of corrections tells The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/1lFbfp1 ) that the dogs reduced stress for both inmates and officers.

The inmates taught the dogs to follow commands such as properly walking on a leash. An inmate serving a year for battery says the training also helped him change his outlook on life.

More dogs and inmates start the training next week.

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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com

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