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Inmates Joseph Walter, left, and ?Joseph Contreras watch Princess Natalie in a 12-by-10-foot cell, which resembles a dormitory room, at Larch Correctional Facility Friday, April 20, 2012, in Yacolt, Wash. The Cuddly Catz program at the Larch Correctional Facility, a minimum-security prison is several months old, but inmates say they’ve already noticed a difference in the cats and themselves. The program began in cooperation with a local animal shelter. It has grown to include two cats and four inmates, and the prison plans to add four more cats. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Inmates Joseph Walter, left, and ?Joseph Contreras watch Princess Natalie in a 12-by-10-foot cell, which resembles a dormitory room, at Larch Correctional Facility Friday, April 20, 2012, in Yacolt, Wash. The Cuddly Catz program at the Larch Correctional Facility, a minimum-security prison is several months old, but inmates say they’ve already noticed a difference in the cats and themselves. The program began in cooperation with a local animal shelter. It has grown to include two cats and four inmates, and the prison plans to add four more cats. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Cats teach inmates value of teamwork

The Cuddly Catz program at the Larch Correctional Facility, a minimum-security prison in Yacolt, Wash., is several months old, but inmates say they’ve already noticed a difference in the cats and themselves. The program began in cooperation with a local animal shelter.