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Montgomery County jail sees high GED success rate

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CHRISTIANSBURG (WSLS 10) - The Montgomery County jail now has a higher rate of GED program success than most places in Virginia.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office implemented a peer tutoring and volunteer mentoring program last year to boost the existing GED courses. Since then, 11 inmates have earned their GEDs. That is the most the jail has seen in years.

The GED program was suspended about 16 years ago due to lack of funds. It was then brought back several years later. Deputies said those who successfully complete it almost never return to jail.

Chief Deputy Robbie Hall said, "GED is the answer to a lot of these people's problems. Once they get out of jail, they then have a chance of getting a job and not coming back to jail."

The inmates pay for courses through their commissary fund. In 2014, the state GED program went entirely online. The Montgomery County jail received donated laptops to help make the transition.

New River Community College provides an instructor to oversee the courses.