CALIPATRIA, CA -As Students throughout the Desert Southwest graduate from high school and college, 29 Level IV convicted felons also graduated.
Calipatria State Prison Held it's Adult Education Graduation on Friday May 11, 2012 for those inmates focusing on education.
Guest speaker, Jon Lowry, went to prison a high school dropout and paroled from Calipatria State Prison. He obtained his GED and college degree while incarcerated for 18 years. Lowry told graduates, "An education is the most valuable gift you can ever give to yourself." He attributed his education to his successful integration to society, a successful business and current employment with Prison Fellowship as a Field Director for Southern California.
Among the graduates is inmate Josh Kurash and Clifton Butler who both spoke at the ceremony.
California Penal Code requires that prisons provide an education to inmates until they reach a 9th grade reading level. Inmates who receive a GED or higher education do it voluntarily.