chapter  5
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Animals and therapeutic justice

Scientifi c and sociological literature is ripe with evidence of the benefi ts of human-animal interactions. Especially in domestic contexts, caring for animals and animal companionship are known to foster well-being and human development (Beck and Katcher, 1996). Their inclusion in criminal justice settings, then, is not so much about providing completely new experiences, but allowing their presence in places which would otherwise be pressured and stressful environments, interacting with people with complex lives or workloads. Animals add another facet to the relations and environments in which they exist.