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May 8, 2012 Published in Courts & Crime, Other News

Inmate Earns GED

Adult Education Coordinator Krista Sofonia, Walter Castro-Reyes, Sheriff Dana Lawhorne. Courtesy: Alexandria Sheriff’s Office (Courtesy photo)

On Thursday, May 3, Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and his staff recognized the GED graduation of an inmate at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center.

Sheriff’s Office staff and fellow inmates applauded Walter Castro-Reyes who was dressed in a traditional cap and gown at his graduation ceremony.  During the ceremony, Adult Education Coordinator Krista Sofonia presented Mr. Castro-Reyes, 20, with a Certificate of Achievement for passing his General Educational Development examination. Sheriff Lawhorne gave brief remarks and congratulated Mr. Castro-Reyes on his accomplishment.

Ms. Sofonia also recognized volunteers with the Adult Education program, including Morgan Gerhart, a graduate student at Marymount University who interned at the Sheriff’s Office this semester and will earn a Master of Arts degree in forensic psychology this month.

Three other inmates also passed their GED exams this spring, including two who were released prior to last week’s ceremony. Since 2005, 82 inmates at the Alexandria detention center have successfully completed their GEDs.

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