Record number of Utah inmates graduate high school
Published: June 14, 2013 06:45PM
Updated: June 12, 2013 11:11PM
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Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune A record-high 360 men and women inmates line up for high school graduation procession at the Draper prison Wednesday June 12 to celebrate an important milestone on their paths toward returning to the community as law-abiding citizens. Another 140 inmates will likewise walk in a commencement ceremony at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison on June 19.

A record-high number of state inmates — 360 men and women — received high school diplomas Wednesday in a graduation ceremony at the Utah State Prison in Draper.

Another 140 inmates at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison will graduate from high school programs later this month. The Utah Department of Corrections coordinates with the Canyons School District in Draper and South Sanpete School District in Gunnison to provide high school equivalency programs.

Various county jails that house state inmates also work with local school districts to provide such programs. Inmates who participate in educational programs while incarcerated are 20 percent less likely to re-offend, according to a 2012 analysis by the Utah Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel.