Released from jail and earning a high school diploma, these students take a big step toward a new life.

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CA FWD. January 30, 2019
Written by Nadine Ono

When David* was released from San Bernardino County’s West Valley Detention Center in December 2017, he was ready to change his life. One of his first goals was to become self-sufficient and for that he needed to complete his high school education.

Luckily for David and other formerly incarcerated individuals, the San Bernardino County Probation Department has partnered with the Five Keys Charter School. David enrolled and has become an active class participant determined to successfully reenter the community and leave behind his former life that was dominated by substance abuse.

“I really appreciate what the probation officers have done for me,” said David. “I was surprised at all the programs that they offer. They are willing to help you if you are willing to help yourself.”

Five Keys operates high school diploma and GED programs in three of the county’s Day Reporting Centers (DRCs), as well as in all four detention centers. The students are referred to the voluntary program by their probation officers.

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