LARNED — More than a year and a half ago, Jerry Jett was a high school dropout. He wound up arrested and incarcerated for aggravated robbery. He will be released in May. Statistically speaking, he would normally have a high likelihood of reincarceration, a trend known as recidivism.

Fortunately for him, and for society, Jett spent his sentence pursuing an education through Barton Community College’s program Building Academic Skills in Correctional Settings (BASICS) at Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility. He has earned a high school diploma through the General Education Development (GED) exam, took classes on managing substance abuse, received coaching on financial management and is pursuing training in welding.

Education in correctional settings is a proven method to reduce recidivism. 

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