This semester, 64 inmates at TDCJ’s Neil Unit will graduate with their GED through the Windham School District Inmate Program.
The Windham School District is the education system for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. They provide the opportunity for inmates to earn their High School Equivalency Certificate (HSEC) if they do not have a high school diploma. Their education services are available to eligible prisoners throughout Texas prisons.
Graduation at the Neil Unit is a big deal. Many inmates have family members that come from out of state to see their loved ones graduate. Each graduate will have their graduation picture made. Right now, the Neil Unit only has one cap and three graduation gowns.
Graduations are taking place in other units as well. The Snyder unit has 12 inmates graduating with their GED this semester along with 22 culinary arts grads, 17 construction/carpentry graduates, and 12 HVAC graduates in other Texas prisons.
Studies have shown that inmates who receive their high school equivalency are 13 percent less like to go back to prison. Inmates who receive their vocation certification are 40 percent less likely to be reincarcerated.
ABC 7 in Amarillo is collecting donations for old caps and gowns for the graduating men. If you have an old graduation cap and gown you can mail it or drop it off at:
One Broadcast Center
Amarillo, Texas 79101
The caps and gowns will be delivered to the Neal Unit before graduation on December 15th.
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How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet is available in ebook format as an instant download or in bundled form with an ebook and a printed book to be sent to an offender in prison or someone at home. Since we are an approved vendor there are no issues receiving our books at any of the Texas jails or prisons.