Many inmates across the state of Georgia are going to the head of the class and working toward a
GED. The number of General Education Diplomas earned by offenders in Georgia Department of Corrections Facilities has increased significantly over the past few years.
New data released in April shows more than 2400 GED’s were received throughout the state’s correctional facilities.
In the fiscal year 2016, 1,224 GED’s were earned. In 2017, 2,371 GED’s were earned as of the end of April.
The current fiscal year has now passed the 2017 goal. Data shows there has been a 96 percent increase. The goal is to help offenders learn a skill and to transition into a job once they’re released back into society.