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Therapeutic residential center for women organizes graduation for 23 incarcerated women

HENNING, Tenn. – The Women’s Therapeutic Residential Center (WTRC) hosted graduation ceremonies for 23 incarcerated women who completed a post-secondary education program last week.

Eight women received computer information technology certificates from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, five received associate degrees in business administration from Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC) and eight received liberal arts certificates from Rhodes College.

“We begin preparing inmates for reentry on the day they first come into our custody,” said TDOC Commissioner Frank Strada. “More than 200 degrees have been awarded in prisons across the state. This approach improves public safety by giving inmates the skills needed for success and reduces the likelihood of recidivism.”

The Tennessee Department of Correction partners with twelve colleges and universities to offer a range of degree programs across the state, including vocational certificates, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

“It matters how people spend their time while serving a criminal sentence because it can help them avoid having to appear before a judge in the future,” said United States Attorney Kevin Ritz, keynote speaker at the DSCC graduation . “This opportunity means that all of you are better prepared to be Tennesseans in our community again. That’s a great thing worth celebrating.”

Since WTRC opened in 2016, 63 inmates have earned a college degree or certificate through educational partnerships.

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