US Prisoners Get Second Chance, Graduate While In Jail, Graduation Video Goes Viral Legit.ng
- California State Prison inmates graduated while serving time
- The program was made possible through a partnership with a state university that allowed them to learn at a distance
- Many people who commented on their graduation video wondered how criminals could get a job
California State Prison on Tuesday, October 5, made history as 25 of its inmates graduated in communications.
The milestone event was made possible through a partnership between California State University, Los Angeles, and the Penitentiary Center, TODAY reports.
A second chance
It should be noted that the event marked the first time that a graduation ceremony would take place within the institution’s walls.
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Prison secretary Kathleen Allison said that getting a degree in prison is an opportunity for prisoners to get a second chance.
How they attended the conferences
Students had to learn remotely through videos while connecting with their teachers, CNN reports.
The same outlet, referring to the prison, said that figures from 2018 to 2019 show that inmates who graduate in prison are 40% less likely to reoffend.
Watch the video of the graduation ceremony below:
At the time of writing, the video has garnered over 500 comments with thousands of likes.
Legit.ng compiled some of the reactions below:
“I would feel happy for them too, but part of me is uncomfortable that as a law-abiding citizen I have to do my best to receive a quarter of a free scholarship. and prove why I am worthy of receiving help and yet inmates are allowed to receive it for free. Why can’t we all have the same opportunity? “
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“This is what is supposed to happen in prison, this is called rehabilitation, now they can come home and be a working member of society.”
“Congratulations, but curious who paid for this? Do they get free education because of the fact that they are incarcerated? “
“Yes, but can they get jobs as criminals? Looks like they’re canceling each other out, doesn’t it? “
The pardoned detainees graduated
During this time, Legit.ng reported earlier that former US President Barack Obama had recounted how the leniency he granted John Gargano Jr in 2016 had totally changed his life.
Obama said giving such an opportunity when he was President was a task he never joked with.
John’s life not only changed, but the man also graduated from New York University with a 3.9 sterling GPA.