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Benton County Jail Adds GED Course

The Benton County Sheriff's Office is offering inmates a chance to get an education while serving time.
Bentonville, AR - The Benton County Sheriff's Office is offering inmates a chance to get an education while serving time.

Volunteer teachers from Northwest Arkansas Community College are teaching a GED program at the jail, and the class filled up in its first week.

The program started this week with the female population, to work out logistics on how to expand it to the much larger group of male prisoners.

Deputy Keshia Guyll says it offers offenders a step up after release.

"Inmates that earn their GED or earn their diplomas are less likely to return to jail, the statistics in prison show that," she says "That's one of the reasons we wanted to do it."

Teachers say the fifteen inmates are starting with a test to evaluate what they already know, but the free program isn't sure how the final test will be administered.
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