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be available.The state Department of Corrections has spent the past 15 months preparing for the changes, installing computers at all of its adult facilities and pushing inmates nearing readiness for the exam to complete it before the new testing begins, but inmates at the state's largest jail haven't been able to continue their studies.Volunteers of America had offered GED classes at the county jail, but Sheriff Mike Milstead said the agency has stopped offering the courses because the jail is not equipped to allow for electronic testing."We don't have the ability to do the new tests," Milstead said. "That's the main thing."The sheriff said he hopes to equip the jail to offer the testing in the future but is not sure when that might happen.Volunteers of America discontinued its out of jail testing program over the summer, said spokeswoman Becky Deelstra, but tutors continued visiting the jail through November in hopes of getting as many students as possible through the current test.Deelstra said it's possible that VOA could provide services at the jail in the future, but no plans to do so are in place.Minnehaha County Commissioner Jeff Barth said he hopes to get the program up and running again, but the commission hasn't budgeted any money for computer upgrades, and the GED issue has yet to appear on the commission's agenda."It's precisely the kind of thing we need be doing to reduce (repeat offenses)," Barth said. "Getting people an education to improve Converse All Star Black Monochrome High Top Canvas Sneakers
difficult curriculum."For all the offenders who we felt could pass the current test, we've worked diligently to help them get through it," she said.There are 237 inmates across the state participating in GED studies in six facilities.Robert Dooley, the Department of Corrections director of prison operations and warden of Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield, said the GED program is a cornerstone of rehabilitation."Our top priorities are safety and security, but second only to that is providing our inmates with the skills and tools they need to succeed outside the prison," Dooley said.Prison inmates are far more likely to have the time to complete GED testing, Milstead said. The testing is an important service particularly for people who already had been studying before being locked up but jail inmates generally don't have time to get through the program, the sheriff said."With 20,000 inmates coming through the doors any given year, it's not often we get many who can finish their GED," Milstead said.The Juvenile Services Center in Rapid City offers GED courses and will offer electronic testing next year, according to Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom, but the adult jail does not.
their job opportunities is pretty important."The Department of Corrections is prepared for the change. Correctional institutions were offered a waiver of the electronic testing requirement, said corrections education director Jennifer Stanwick Klimek, but South Dakota opted to upgrade its computer systems.The changes began about 15 months ago, she said. Department of Corrections educators will be able to log in to the computer tests using administrator passwords, which will let inmates take the tests but keep them off the Internet.Like other testing centers, each prison in South Dakota has pushed inmates who were almost ready to take the old test to finish by the end of Womens Converse All Star Dainty Sneaker the year. Most inmates who began their studies in July were guided through the newer, more Converse All Star Leather Blue
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