The current elected Sheriff of San Mateo County, California, Sheriff Greg Munks comes to the position after a 28-year career as an officer and an undersheriff. From his Redwood City government offices, he has instituted a number of new programs during his six years in office. Sheriff Greg Munks is particularly proud of his innovative TAILS program, which connects minimum-security inmates with stray dogs from the Peninsula Humane Society/Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 

Established in the spring of 2009, TAILS (Transitioning Animals Into Loving Situations) is designed to provide around-the-clock care for dogs with limited adoption potential while giving inmates a positive way to structure their lives and instill their prison lives with meaning. In addition to keeping the dogs healthy, inmates in the program are tasked with training these aggressive or otherwise problematic animals for future adoption into new, permanent homes.

The results of the TAILS program have exceeded all expectations. It has given countless dogs a second chance, but the most remarkable effect of TAILS has been on the incarcerated individuals who participate in the program. Promoting empathy and providing an avenue to develop new skills, the TAILS program has made prison life more bearable for every inmate who has been fortune enough to take part in it.

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