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Record number of Utah inmates graduate high school

First Published      Last Updated Jun 11 2014 03:56 pm

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.