LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Some of Nevada’s top law enforcement leaders say educating inmates will make the community safer.

13 Action News Anchor Beth Fisher has information on a program that’s “Raising the Bar” behind bars.

Rebecca Schmitt has never been more excited about her future. She’s taking classes at the College of Southern Nevada in construction management and apprenticing with Labor Union 872.

She’s also finishing up a prison sentence.

“I’ve made mistakes. But I know that I deserve a better life,” Schmitt said.

Rebecca is like the vast majority of inmates who want to change, but they don’t know how.

Enter the College of Southern Nevada and Hope for Prisoners.

The two are teaming up to bring education to inmates so

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