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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


Media Advisory
November 10, 2010
For More Information
Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Reporters invited to Inmate GED Graduation Ceremony at Martin Correctional Institution on November 19, 2010

What: Thirteen inmates from Martin Correctional Institution will be presented with their diplomas for earning GEDs on November 19, 2010, at 1:00pm. 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: Graduation will be held at:

Martin Correctional Institution
1150 SW Allapattah Rd
Indiantown, FL 34956
In the Visiting Park

When: Friday, November 19, 2010 at 1:00pm.

Who: Inmates at Martin Correctional Institution. Martin Correctional Institution is an adult male facility located in Martin County. It currently houses 1300 inmates ranging in custody from community to close.

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 ­­­­­Kathy Conner at 772-468-3933 or 559-4426,  so a background check can be completed.

Directions to prison: Take I-95 to Exit 110 (State Road 714). Go west to 4-way stop sign. Turn right onto SR-609. Martin is approximately three miles on the left side. Turnpike directions: Take turnpike to Stuart exit. Take first left onto State Road 714 to stop sign. Turn right onto State Road 609. The institution is approximately three miles on the left side.