On February 13, Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto held a graduation ceremony for fifteen inmates. They earned their Associate of Arts degrees in Positive Human Development and Social Change.
Life University offers the degrees through its Chillon Project, an initiative of its Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics.
“Collaboration with educational institutions, is one key to successful offender reentry,” said Commissioner Timothy Ward. “Our partnership with Life University, provides offenders with the knowledge, and support to transform their lives into productive returning citizens.”
The degree the inmates earned emphasizes social and inner skills and critical social analysis. It enables students to think critically and creatively about the problems in today’s society.
Students selected for the program receive a scholarship and tuition waiver, funded through grants and private donations.