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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


Media Advisory
August 9, 2011
For More Information
Contact: Gretl Plessinger
Communications Director
(850) 488-0420

Reporters Invited to Inmate Graduation Ceremony at Baker Correctional Institution on August 19, 2011

WHAT: Twenty-five inmates from Baker Correctional Institution will be presented with their diplomas for earning GEDs on August 19, 2011 at 9:00 am. The GED test consists of five parts and is equivalent to a high school degree. To earn a GED, one must pass a five part test consisting of reading, language/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.

Twenty one vocational students will also be recognized at the ceremony. These inmates will receive a State of Florida Department of Education Certificate of Achievement for completing the required occupational competencies in one or both PC Support and Automotive Technology Career Services. 

Reporters are invited to the graduation ceremony and to film/interview the graduates and teachers, some of whom are inmates themselves.

WHERE: Baker Correctional Institution’s Chapel Park, located at 20706 US Hwy 90 West, Sanderson, FL. 32087 (386) 719-4500

WHEN: Friday, August 19, 2011 at 9:00 am

WHO: Baker Correctional Institution is a male offender facility located in Baker County. It currently houses 1450 inmates, between main unit and work camp ranging in custody levels from community to close.

WHY: Inmate graduations, such as this are encouraged and promoted by the institution’s administration and staff to recognize achievement and bring a rehabilitative quality through positive reinforcement. Inmates have a better chance of staying out of prison if they have an education. Studies indicate that inmates who have a Vocational Certificate at the time of their release reduce their chances of returning to prison by 14 percent. Also, studies show that inmates who have a GED recidivate at a rate of 7.9% less than inmates overall, when released.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: If you’d like to attend, please contact Curtis Neeley (386)719-4533 or email: neeley.curtis@mail.dc.state.fl.us, before the scheduled graduation, as background checks will need to be completed.

DIRECTIONS: From I-10, take Exit 324 (US-90 West) approximately 4 miles. The Institution will be on the left. From I-75, take Exit 427 (US-90) approximately 15 miles. The Institution will be on the right.