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Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary


Media Advisory
April 12, 2011
For More Information
Contact: Gretl Plessinger
Communications Director
(850) 488-0420

Reporters invited to Inmate GED Graduation Ceremony at Indian River Correctional Institution on April 13, 2011

What: On April 13, 2011, at 1:30 PM, thirty-two inmates at Indian River Correctional Institution will be presented with diplomas for earning their GED’s. Reporters are invited to the graduation ceremony and to film/interview the graduates and teachers. 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 skills. If a student does not pass all parts of the test, he does not earn a GED; however, he may retake the part(s) he failed at a later time. The students and teachers have worked very hard to make it possible for the graduates to attain this goal.

Where:  Graduation will be held in the Chapel at:

Indian River Correctional Institution
7625 17th St SW
Vero Beach, FL 32968

When:  Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm.

Who: Inmates at Indian River Correctional Institution currently houses 493 male inmates between the ages of 14 to19, whose custody ranges from community to close. Kenneth Stephens has earned the honor of class Valedictorian and Michael Stephens is Salutatorian.

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.
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For more information: If you would like to attend, please contact Kathy Conner at 772-468-4068 or 772-559-4426, e-mail: conner.kathy@mail.dc.state.fl.us. A background check must be completed on all persons who enter the facility.

Directions to prison: Take I-95 to Vero Beach, Exit 147. Go east on SR-60 (20th St.) for approximately 1-1½ miles to 2nd traffic light. Turn right onto County Road 619 (82nd Ave). Go south approximately 5 miles to stop sign and turn left on County Road 606 (Oslo Road). Go to the first caution light and turn right on 74th Avenue. Go approximately one mile to the curve and turn right onto 17th St. SW. This will bring you to the parking lot.  Proceed to the control room.