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By Amanda Kerr For The Virginia Gazette

JAMES CITY, Virginia — Rishawn Brown never wanted a dog, but after meeting a golden retriever named Bailey, he’s reconsidering.

“It made me want to get a dog,” Brown said in an interview. “If you can find nobody who wants to listen to you, a dog will listen to you.”

The comfort is profound. At 18 years old, Brown is serving six years at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail for robbery.

Bailey has worked as a therapy dog since 2004, primarily at the Peninsula Cancer Institute. Unlike a service dog that helps people with daily living, Bailey’s job is simply to bring comfort.

Her owner, Nancy Head, showed up at the jail last August to inquire about bringing her dog. She felt that Bailey had a “gift” that might prove therapeutic to the inmates.

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