(Forsyth) –The number of high school diplomas obtained by Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) offenders, increased by 84 percent during this past fiscal year.
According to GDC, 101 offenders successfully obtained their high school diplomas between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
There have been 213 men and women graduate since the program’s inception in 2015.
“We are grateful for the opportunities offered through our partnership with Foothills Education Charter High School to afford our younger offenders the chance to earn their High School Diploma,” says Commissioner Gregory C. Dozier. “Obtaining a high school diploma represents a vital step in the offender’s reentry process and gives offenders valuable tools to be successful citizens.”
The Foothills Education Charter High School program officially opened in September of 2015 at Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto.
The second was established in 2016 at Burruss Correctional Training Center in Forsyth and the third was established in 2017 at Phillips State Prison in Buford.