Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010, Bernalillo County Detention Center inmates will don caps and gowns over their orange uniforms to attend their high school graduation. These inmates from the MDC, who have completed the state requirements for high school graduation, will receive their diplomas.
Gordon Bernell Charter School opened in July, 2008 as a public charter high school in Albuquerque, NM specializing in high school credit recovery and diploma acquisition for adult students. The school is housed on two campuses, the biggest of which is within the walls of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center (BCMDC) where 200 men and women inmates attend school 4 days per week, 6 hours per day, all year long. The second campus is in downtown Albuquerque where 50-100 adult high school students, 20-50% of whom are in Community Custody and have just been released from BCMDC, enjoy a flexible schedule, self-paced, mastery-based curriculum, and access to social and employment services.
Studies show the average percentage of inmates who commit crimes again once they are released drops 38.4 percentage points for those who participate in education programs while incarcerated.
“These programs are extremely important to the process of rehabilitation and will help inmates become productive citizens once they are released back into society”, stated Chief of Corrections, Ron Torres.
DATE: Thursday, December 9, 2010
TIME: 9:30 a.m. E-unit (men): 11:00 am, D unit (female)
LOCATION: Metropolitan Detention Center E-unit
100 John Dantis Dr. SW
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