Press Release, September 11, 2007
- GED Offered to Sentenced Female Inmates
Sheriff C. David Stone announced today that the Pickens
County Sheriff’s Office and the School District of Pickens
County have reached an agreement to offer the GED (Graduation
Equivalency Diploma) program to sentenced females housed at the
Pickens County Detention center.
The GED program is being taught at the
Detention Center by instructors of the Pickens County Adult
The program is offered to female inmates who are being held
on Family Court sentences and on criminal sentences less than 91
days. In order to be qualified for this program, the inmate must
have dispositions on all of her cases, and she can not have any
“hold” placed on her from other agencies. Inmates with sentences
of 91 days or more are transferred to the SC Department of
Corrections and are not eligible.
Through several months of planning and preparation, the
Sheriff’s Office wanted to give these inmates a way to build
their self esteem and assist them in getting their lives pointed
in the right direction. Additionally, these females show
initiative which could lead to job offers and a more secure
future after release.
In addition to receiving the educational
benefits, the inmates also receive one day off of their
sentences for each six hours in class. Currently, the classes
are being held for 6 hours each week. In the initial class,
there were fourteen students in attendance. The Detention Center
averages approximately 36 female inmates a day, and
approximately 60% of those are sentenced.
Although this is the first educational program offered to
the female inmates, the work release program has been offered
for several months. The work release program allows female
inmate dot be release from the facility to work on their jobs in
the community. This allows a portion of their income to pay for
their child support, fines, and expenses for being housed in the
For further information concerning these programs, contact
Lt. Keith Galloway or Capt. Phil Sargent at 864-898-5541 / 5542.