From setbacks to success, thirteen Morgan County Jail inmates are now the proud recipients of GEDs.
"This is just for us, this is a monumental day, for the Sheriff's office, for the jail facility, but most importantly for the inmates here that have worked really hard to do the work that it has taken to put themselves positioned to be in a better place," Morgan County Sheriff, Ana Franklin, said.
Two years ago, Morgan County Jail started offering the classes to inmates who wanted to further their education. Wednesday evening the jail held its first graduation.
"Today, this is symbolic of what you can do. When given the opportunity, you have the desire to do better, and so once people are in here we want to give them the opportunity to make a difference and make a change and to be positive people in the community when they come out," Franklin said.
Sheree Mazingo, 25, says several years ago she would have never thought this achievement was possible. Now, she has a new outlook on her future.
"It puts me on a new path to accomplish new things with my life, to do more with myself than I have. It gives me encouragement to move forward and not to be scared of change," Mazingo said.
The Morgan County Jail is now purchasing computers for student use and offering six different classes giving more inmates the opportunity to study for their GEDs, hoping this graduation is just the beginning.