DECATUR, Ga. -- More than 50 inmates at the DeKalb County Jail recently earned their General Educational Development diplomas -- the equivalent of a high school diploma.
The 51 men and two women received their GEDs at a graduation ceremony at the jail. DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown was the keynote speaker.
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Some of the inmates were required by the court to obtain the diploma, while others voluntarily took GED classes four times a week.
DeKalb County Sheriff's Sgt. Adrion Bell said the new graduates are eligible for the HOPE Scholarship if their grades are good enough. In the past, some DeKalb inmates were admitted to Georgia Piedmont Technical College.