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Benton County Sheriff's Office Offers Inmates an Education

BENTON COUNTY, Ark. – The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is offering inmates a chance to get an education while serving time.
BENTON COUNTY, Ark. – The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is offering inmates a chance to get an education while serving time.

Volunteer teachers from Northwest Arkansas Community College are teaching a free GED program at the jail and the classes reportedly filled up in its first week.

The program started this week with the female population, to work out logistics on how to expand it to the much larger group of male prisoners.

Deputies say it offers offenders a step up after they are released.

“Inmates that earn their GED or earn their diplomas are less likely to return to jail,” says Deputy Keisha Gyull with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. “The statistics in prison show that. That’s one of the reasons we wanted to do it.”

Teachers say the 15 inmates are starting with a test to evaluate what they already know, but they are not yet sure how the final test will be administered.


 
 
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