Georgia prison leader on education reform

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Georgia Department of Correction Assistant Commissioner of Education and Programs says there’s three keys to recidivism: education, faith and perspective.

More than 19 Central State Prison inmates have the opportunity to participate in a the Georgia Braille Transcribers program, a vocational program Evans says boost inmates job training skills and education. 

“First of all, so many of our inmates…over two-thirds come to us without a G.E.D,” says Evans. 

The program requires a high-school education or a G.E.D. as a pre-requisite to the program.

Inmate Ladji Ruffin came into the facility when he was 19-years-old. He has a few more years left before he’s eligible for parole. He believes the program has given him the ability to pass time, and learn a trade so he’ll be useful to society when he’s released. 

“I came in with no job skills.”

Evans says lacking on-the-job training may be an issue for offenders walking into the prison, but he wants to boost two hour job training sessions, so finding a job will not be an issue when inmates leave the prison.

“Interesting statistics is over 95% of the 55,000 inmates in our prisons in Georgia right now will one day go back to their communities,” Evans says, “Our goal is to help them be more successful.”

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