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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
December 9, 2010
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Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Reporters invited to Inmate GED Graduation Ceremony at Quincy Annex on December 16, 2010

WHAT: Twenty-five inmates  from Quincy Annex will be presented with their diplomas for earning GED’s on December 16, 2010 , at 9:30 am. Reporters are invited to the graduation ceremony and to film/interview the graduates and teachers, some of whom are inmates themselves. The GED test consists of five parts and is similar to a high school degree. To earn a GED, one must pass a five part test consisting of reading/language and writing (including an essay), math, social studies and science.  If you fail just one part of the test, you do not earn a GED, but can retake the part you failed at a later time.

WHERE: Quincy Annex Visitation Park at 2225 Pat Thomas Parkway, Quincy, Fl 32351.

WHEN: 9:30 AM (EST) Thursday, December 16, 2010

WHO: Quincy Annex is an adult male facility located in Gadsden County.  It currently houses 408 inmates ranging in custody from minimum to close.  Inmate Robert Hatfield has been named the class valedictorian.

WHY: Inmates have a better chance of staying out of prison if they have an education. (Studies show inmates who have a GED when released recidivate at a rate 7.9% less than inmates overall.) The number of Florida state inmates earning GED certificates has nearly doubled in three years, increasing from 1,313 in FY 2006-07 to 2,603 awarded in FY 2009-10. The increase in GEDs earned can be attributed to several factors, including more frequent testing cycles to catch problem areas early; implementing voluntary literacy programs at our work camps; and the use of trained inmate teaching assistants.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: If you’d like to attend, please contact Kimberly Neely @ (850)627-5446, so a background check can be completed.

DIRECTIONS TO PRISON:  From I-10 take Exit 181 (SR-267 North) for approximately one mile. The institution is located on the right.

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