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HCSO TO HOLD LARGEST GRADUATION YET OF INMATES IN EDUCATION PROGRAM
(HOUSTON, TX) – Sheriff Adrian Garcia, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Community Support Bureau and Houston Community College are proud to announce the fall graduation ceremony of the HCSO’s Inmate Education Program.
Fifty inmate students will receive their certificates of completion in programs varying from auto mechanics to consumer electronics to welding and culinary arts. This is the largest inmate graduating class to date.
Upon receiving their certificates of completion, the inmate students receive counseling about educational and job opportunities available after their release from the Harris County jail.
Former inmates who gain employment are in many cases less likely to violate the law again, thus making the community safer and reducing the costs of the taxpayer-funded county justice system. The population of the Harris County Jail has declined more than 12 percent since Sheriff Garcia took office in 2009 thanks to several factors.
“When it comes to handing out certificates, my first and best act is to honor the hard-working and short-staffed employees of the Sheriff’s Office, many of them first-responders or personnel who guard inmates like these,” Sheriff Garcia. “And I do just that, at ceremonies throughout the year.
“But this occasion is designed to reinforce the idea that jail staff will never see these inmates again because they will be making valuable contributions to society.”
The HCSO’s Inmate Education Program has been in place for over 30 years. Houston Community College (HCC) instructors provide vocational training opportunities in 16 fields. The Houston Independent School District (HISD) also works with the program to provide an opportunity for juvenile inmates to earn their high school equivalency diploma (GED).
WHO: Sheriff Adrian Garcia, the HCSO Community Support Bureau and Houston Community College
WHAT: Graduation ceremony of 50 inmate students
WHEN: Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 11 a.m.
WHERE: 4627 Crites St.
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