29 Graduates Honored
Walker State Prison (SP) held a graduation in January for 29 offenders who successfully completed the Faith and Character Based Program. Friends and family of the participants gathered at the facility to witness the occasion, and Tom McEhenney, the director of transitional services for the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC), served as the keynote speaker. The program is a two-year curriculum of personal and spiritual growth that requires offenders to complete four six-month phases: foundation, discovery, transformation and transition.
“By completing this program, these offenders have taken an invaluable step towards ensuring they are prepared when they return to society,” said Timothy C. Ward, the interim commissioner of GDC. “Walker SP is our model faith and character-based prison and serves as an example of our commitment toward creating positive change in the offenders’ lives.”
As the first and only faith and character-based prison within GDC, Walker SP provides an atmosphere for offenders to develop interpersonal communication skills, understand diversity and partake in the rehabilitative process. By providing an environment for positive change through the promotion of personal accountability, responsibility, integrity and the building of one’s faith and character, the program increases awareness of reentry needs for offenders.
Information direct from Georgia Department of Corrections.