The Celebration of Education, Behind Bars

Prisons are known for violence and crimes, but we often forget how the main purpose of such places – to reform and rebuild the ‘people’ involved in crimes. Some criminals that end up in a prison do not always have the full knowledge of what they were doing or the crimes they have committed. Some prisoners actually spend their sentences trying to get better and intend to become responsible and respectable members of society, once they have served their full sentence.

To New Beginnings

In order to encourage prisoners to look forward and make better plans for their futures, there are several activities such as arts and interactive activities to teach them respectable skills. But for the first time, Cal State LA has started an initiative that helps inmates earn a B.A. degree. This graduate program was created especially for students behind the bars in the region of California. Supported by former President, Obama’s ‘Second Chance Pell Federal Pilot Program,’ and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this program is an attempt to give these students a second chance by helping them continue their education while they serve their sentences.

The Ceremony

The commencement was held at the prison’s progressive programming facility also known as PPF, which is a place that houses the men of prison, who exhibit good behavior and manners. Family members and friends of the graduates were allowed to gather and celebrate the success of these students.

一个极好的机会

许多毕业生表示,他们真的很期待这第二次机会,这给了他们一个以不同的方式看待自己生活的机会。学生们还对加州洛杉矶州立大学表示感谢和赞赏,感谢他们有机会摆脱目前的社会形象。毕业典礼为他们潜在的新生活铺平了道路。