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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary


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

Reporters invited to Inmate GED Graduation Ceremony at Hardee Correctional Institution on August 19, 2011

WHAT: 24 inmates at Hardee CI will be presented with their diplomas for earning their GED's and 8 inmates will receive certificates for completing the vocational carpentry class on Friday, 8/19/11, at 1:00 pm. 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: Hardee Correctional Institution Visiting Park, 6901 State Road 62 W., Bowling Green, Florida 33834

WHEN: Friday, August 19, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

WHO: Inmates at Hardee C.I. Hardee CI is an adult male offender facility located in Hardee County. It currently houses 1620 inmates ranging in custody from minimum 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)559-4426 or e-mail: conner.kathy@mail.dc.state.fl.us, so a background check can be completed.

DIRECTIONS TO PRISON: Take I-75 to Parrish exit, take Moccasin Wallow Road. Travel east to end of Highway 301. Turn right onto Highway 301 and travel south. Cross over railroad tracks and take an immediate left onto SR-62. Travel east approximately 25 miles. The Institution is located on the right. Turn right onto Allapattah Road (Institutional property). Institution is approximately 12 miles west from Hwy-17.