Five inmates recently celebrated earning their GED in a recent graduation ceremony held at the Co-Ed Facility.

The ceremony, hosted by the Department of Corrections (DoP) saw a host of family members in attendance with DoP officials and the Minister of National Security Wayne Caines.                                     

The successful graduates were:

  • Daymon Simmons
  • Dion Cholmondeley
  • Detre’ Ford
  • Andre’ Richardson 
  • Mikiel Thomas

Among the graduates is Daymon Simmons, who earlier this year successfully completed the DoP’s Violence Reduction Programme.

The classes were taught using a combination of service providers and DoP’s education personnel, consisting of: Education Officer Shawnette Somner, Dr E Glen Bascome, Mrs Erlor Dean, Mr Oladapo Frederick, Ms Tonisha Key-Holmes, Mr Stephen Lewis, Mrs Daltonell Minors, Mr Amoti Nyabongo and Mr Duval Robinson.

At the graduation, Minister Caines said, “I want to congratulate you all on your accomplishments to date. We must all recognize the power of redemption and the importance of moving forward in a positive light. To the service providers and Department of Corrections officers and personnel that made this GED programme possible. Your support and commitment was integral to the success of these men, and I offer you my sincere thanks and appreciation” 

The Department of Corrections offers the GED and Violence Reduction Programme to aid in the rehabilitation and eventual reintegration of individuals back into society.

  • Feature Photo Supplied (L-R): Back Row – Assistant Commissioner Phillip Downie, Education Officer Shawnette Somner, Minister Caines, Chaplain Kevin Santucci and Chaplain Milton Burgess. Front Row – Dion Cholmondeley, Detré Ford, André Richardson, Daymon Simmons and Mikiel Thomas.