JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) _ The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin and Rock County sheriff's officials hope a new program pairing jail inmates with stray dogs will benefit both the animal and inmate.

The Janesville Gazette reports the program called Canine Corrections Academy requires Rock County jail inmates to train formerly unadoptable dogs, getting them ready to be adopted in six to eight weeks.

Humane society spokeswoman Allison Hokinson says the process will teach the inmates and the dogs kindness, self-esteem and respect.

Inmates are chosen for the canine program through interviews. Their crimes must not include violence or abuse.

Sheriff Robert Spoden says the program comes at no cost to taxpayers. Simmons Fence of Janesville donated a 50-by-30-foot enclosure. Two trainers are donating their time and the humane society supplies the dog food.