Paws For Life is the first inmate-led dog-training program to be facilitated in a high-security (Level 4) prison setting in California. Piloted in Los Angeles County, this program is a mutually beneficial partnership between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Paws For Life K9 Rescue. Similar programs have occurred across the country, but none in a setting with prisoners serving life sentences. Inmate trainers and formerly homeless program dogs work together to earn the AKC Canine Good Citizen certification, the gold standard in obedience. The program provides the opportunity for our rescued dogs, many of which are considered to be inherently aggressive breeds, to be reformed and eventually placed in loving, forever homes. It also offers the opportunity for incarcerated individuals to demonstrate that they possess the desire and capacity to make positive contributions to society, despite past transgressions. By working together, these two groups with analogous backgrounds have a real shot at redemption and emancipation from the circumstances that bring them together at this juncture.