Convicts at the California State prison at Chino are training birds at part of an experiment in rehabilitation.
Convicts at the California State prison at Chino are training birds at part of an experiment in rehabilitation. The are isolation case, the worst cases, but their work with birds has led to many of them being released and finding worthwhile employment.
The experiment was partly inspired by the case of the Birdman of Alcatraz", Robert Stroud, who was imprisoned for murder, look to caring after birds and eventually became one of the world's foremost ornithologists.
These convicts have trained this parrot to do a variety of tricks: it answer the telephone--even saying "hello"-- rides both toy bicycle and scooter, roller-skates, plays basket-ball, and even deposits money in a piggy-bank.
It takes time and patience to train birds and the theory is that if the men can become gentle with these creatures, then they ill also become gentle toward ordinary human beings. The Prison authorities are confident of success and say the therapy is working.