25 student-inmates graduate in Hardeman County

25 student-inmates graduate in Hardeman County
25 Student-Inmates Graduate at CoreCivic's Hardeman Facility (Source: CoreCivic)

HARDEMAN CO., Tenn. (WMC) - Inmates in Hardeman County are striving to continue their education while being incarcerated.

Twenty-five student-inmates at CoreCivic’s Hardeman County Correctional Facility in Whiteville, Tennessee graduated with a CTE or HSE. Inmates walked across the stage on October 9 to receive their diplomas.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, social visitation has been suspended across many correctional facilities throughout the country. Therefore, the ceremony was limited to CoreCive staff only.

Walter Monk is a student-inmate who earned his HSE diploma. “Feeling the achievement of this [graduation] has given me the inspiration to continue on,” Monk said. “By my achieving this goal, it’s going to make me want to motivate other people to achieve something positive. Change is very much possible for people. Anyone can change their ways, thoughts and mind. Change is very possible in life.”

25 Student-Inmates Graduate at CoreCivic's Hardeman Facility
25 Student-Inmates Graduate at CoreCivic's Hardeman Facility (Source: CoreCivic)
“We are very proud of how hard students have worked this year to stay on track with their education goals... Hardeman has faced many challenges this year due to the pandemic, but each time, we’ve been able to overcome. As a result, inmates have been able to keep up their programming participation for re-entry preparation.”
Hardeman Warden, Hilton Hall Jr.

According to a news release, more than 2,400 student-inmates across CoreCivic facilities have earned a CTE or HSE since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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