ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia corrections officials said there's a record number of inmates earning their General Education Diplomas.
Data released at the end of April reported over 2,400 GEDs were earned throughout Georgia's correctional facilities. In fiscal year 2016, 1,224 GEDs were earned and 2,371 in fiscal year 2017.
As of the end of April, the current fiscal year has now passed the 2017 goal of 2,371, which reflects a 96 percent increase.
Corrections officials attribute the record numbers to having full-time, quality instructors who are at each facility across the state on a daily basis.
The ultimate goal of the program is to help inmates gain a skill to obtain a job once they are released back into society.