More than 50 inmates in a state correctional facility now have their GED, making them better prepared to re-enter society upon release.

Smith State Prison in Glennville, GA hosted their Fall GED graduation ceremony in early September. 52 inmates graduated in fron of 70 family members and friends who were present to support the graduates.

“Smith State Prison continues to make GED competitions a top priority,” Commissioner Dozier said in a statement, “We are thankful for our dedicated staff, and are proud of the 52 men who have taken an important step towards a successful reentry.”

Guest speaker Jennifer Irvin, Southeast Regional Principal, presented the graduates with words of encouragement, and the Salutatorian and Valedictorian gave empowering speeches about their educational journey. The valedictorian recognized two employees with the agency’s Golden Apple Award, for their exemplary effort in helping the offenders earn their diplomas. He noted that GED Teacher, Dr. Lance Brantley, and Supervisor, Lieutenant Deric Godfrey, were the most influential employees in helping him earn his GED.

The GED program provides educational services to offenders who did not complete their high school education prior to incarceration. Students must pass tests in four basic subject areas: Mathematics, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.

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