WCSO Inmates Get GED in Jail

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

RENO, NV - The Washoe County Sheriff's Office says it was able to save thousands of dollars because of a program that allows inmates to get their high school diploma.

It's the General Education Development Program, also known as the GED Program. Every inmate that goes through the classes and passes the GED exam qualifies for five days early release.

Since 87 inmates completed the program during the last fiscal year, that saved the Sheriff's Office around $50,000 in saved housing costs.
Anthony Robles took the course at the jail earlier this year.

"I mean, I honestly didn't think I was going to pass it at first, but just with all the help there I actually did pass it - my writing and everything. I thought I was going to do horrible on it, but I did great," says Robles.

Robles was so motivated by passing the GED, he enrolled at TMCC after he was released from the Washoe County Jail.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office does not pay for the GED program. The one instructor is paid for by the Washoe County School District. The inmates pay for their own materials.

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