Some North Georgia inmates now have a chance to better themselves while they serve their time.
That's thanks to a partnership with the Citizens for Literacy, Georgia Northwestern Technical College and the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department.
Earning your G-E-D in prison is nothing new unless you're in the Catoosa County Jail, and now get that chance.
"It shows them somebody really cares whether they go on and do it or not,” said Shirley Smith of Catoosa Citizens for Literacy.
Smith also said that they are going to pay the fee for the inmates who take the GED. It’s a service they provide to all Catoosa residents.
Catoosa County Sheriff, Gary Sisk, is proud to see this come together.
“You know, if they don't even have that basic milestone in their life then that just sets them back even further,” said Sisk.
25 to 30 percent of their inmates don't even have a high school diploma and that makes it harder for them to succeed after they're released and easier for them to return to these prison walls.
"All of this is just trying to make them a better productive member of society, and curb that vicious cycle of recidivism, repeat offenders. 50% of our population in the Catoosa County Jail is probation violation,” said Sisk.
The Georgia Northwestern Technical College wants to help with improving inmates’ chances of success, because they know that more people with a GED will help the community greatly.
"All of our partners, we realized that's going to contribute to community quality and also economic development in the area,” said Sherry Riley the Director of Instruction for the Adult Education Program for Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
Sheriff Sisk has also implemented other programs to help all the inmates at the Catoosa County Jail. He hopes this cuts down the number of repeat offenders.