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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

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GED/Vocational Certificates

The number of inmates earning GED certificates jumped 49% over the last two years, with 1,953 GED certificates earned in Fiscal Year 2008-09, compared to 1,313 in FY 2006-07, an increase of 640 certificates earned. The increase reflects the number of inmates who passed all parts of the test: reading, language, writing, math, social studies and science.

Studies show that inmates who have a GED upon release from prison recidivate 7.9% less than inmates overall. An inmate with an education has a better chance of getting a job and not coming back to prison.

The increase in GEDs earned can be attributed to a combination of factors, including:

  • redirecting academic teachers to establish 18 additional institutional education programs and increasing the total student enrollment by 70%;
  • implementing quarterly testing cycles, which allow education programs to more quickly identify students’ educational deficiencies and to provide remedial instruction;
  • increase use of inmate teaching assistants working under the supervision of academic teachers to provide small-group instruction and one-on-one tutoring;
  • establishing computer-based reading/testing laboratories in 18 education programs;
  • supporting literacy programs at work camps.

For more education information, please see the Additional Facts section.

The number of GED certificates earned by inmates increased from 740 in 2004-2005 to 1,953 in 2008-2009.

A Quote From Franchatta Barber, Assistant Secretary of Re-Entry

When They Succeed, We Succeed.

“Our re-entry slogan highlights the reality that when an inmate or an offender succeeds in becoming a law abiding, functioning member of our society, our communities succeed because they are safer and taxpayer dollars can be spent in other community areas.”

Franchatta Barber,
Assistant Secretary of Re-Entry