It was graduation day Friday at the privately run state prison in Bayou George. Forty one inmates received high school diplomas or applied technology certificates.
Corrections Corporation of American operates the 750-bed Bay Corrections Facility in the US 231 industrial park.
Research has shown the education and betterment programs help to keep many inmates from coming back to prison and increases the chances of returning to productive lives.
Fourteen high school diplomas and 27 vocational certificates were awarded in the cap and gown ceremony.
The vocation programs ranged from culinary arts, drafting and landscape management.
There is also a distance learning program in which inmates, who can afford the tuition, can get their degree from Gulf Coast Community College