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50 Inmates Earn Certificates, Diplomas Through Incarceration Education Program

Forty-eight inmates at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Downtown Los Angeles on April 11 graduated with Life Skills and General Educational Development (GED) certificates, and two earned their high school diplomas. Sheriff Lee Baca presented the certificates to the male inmates who participated in the Sheriff’s Department’s 12-week Maximizing Education Reaching Individual Transformation (MERIT) life skills program that is offered at each of the seven jail facilities in Los Angeles Bounty by the Education Based Incarceration Bureau (EBI), according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Department.

The two inmates who received high school diplomas earned them through a program being taught by John Muir Charter School.

The ceremony’s Guest Speaker Luis Garcia told the inmates that he obtained a GED in 1995 while incarcerated at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, and is now a doctoral candidate from Loyola Marymount University.