Inmates at County Jail Overcome Obstacles to Earn GED Certificates

May  10, 2010

The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office and Fairfax County Public Schools honored 36 inmates who earned their General Education Development Certificate (GED) this spring while housed in the Adult Detention Center.  The graduation ceremony took place on May 6, 2010.

Statistics have shown repeatedly that educational attainment while incarcerated is a key ingredient to reducing recidivism and, as a result, helps to make Fairfax County a safer place to live.

"This is a significant achievement primarily because of the obstacles that exist in the jail setting," said Lt. Colonel Bill Loan. "When you are surrounded by negative influences, trying to study and learn can be difficult and discouraging. These inmates have made a commitment to make their lives better by furthering their education, thus increasing their odds of employment upon release."

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