The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office has started a pilot program that connects inmates at the Women's Honor Farm with kittens from County Animal Services.
The kittens are about 4-5 weeks old.
The sheriff's office says the inmates will be responsible for taking care of the kittens until they are old enough to be adopted. At that time, new kittens will be brought in.
Sheriff's officials say the program is meant to give the inmates a sense of responsibility and giving back to the community.
Women at the Sheriff's Honor Farm have also been active in a sewing program that, over the years, has provided quilts for domestic violence victims, vests and capes for children battling cancer, teddy bears for the Get on the Bus program, pajamas and blankest for the homeless, and handmade baby quilts and clothing for a local parenting support group.