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Female inmates graduate at correctional center

Posted at 9:59 PM, May 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-26 00:59:23-04

It was an emotional day at Florence McClure Women's Correctional Center Wednesday as inmates graduated.

"It's been a long time coming so I'm happy to have it done," Alica Wegner said.

75 inmates walked across the stage for the ceremony. Diplomas were handed out for everything from GEDs to a bachelor's degree.

Some of the inmates have been in prison multiple times. They say these educational programs help them realize their worth and make them want something more.

"I grew up in foster care, on the streets, I was a drug addict," Sesha Awa said. "I chose the life that nobody should live. I was very rebellious and did crimes that I now regret and I found out that I did it because I didn't really truly care about myself."

Studies show inmates who receive some kind of education are significantly less likely to end up back behind bars.