LASD And Teachers Present Diplomas To Largest Class Of Inmate Graduates

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January 31, 2018
Taylor Walker, Witness LA

On January 18, at the front of an immense classroom, within the North County Correctional Facility—one of several jail facilities that make up Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, California—a crowd of approximately 200 watched 38 men in shiny black graduation gowns walk across a stage to receive high school diplomas and vocational certificates.

The 38 inmates made up the largest graduating class since the 2012 launch of Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Education Based Incarceration (EBI) program, through which Five Keys Charter School operates in the county’s jails.

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