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July 27, 2022

Miami Dade College helping empower prisoners with opportunity to
earn college degree

Clarissa Davis

Joe Gorchow
CBS Miami

MIAMI, Fla – Miami Dade College builds a pathway from prison. An inaugural program they administer gives incarcerated individuals at Everglades Correctional Institution the opportunity to earn a college degree.

"The biggest thing is it empowers our students," said Samantha Carlo, an associate professor senior at MDC School of Justice. "For the first time, for some decades, finally feeling some self-worth."

Students received their associate in arts degree on Tuesday night in a graduation ceremony at the correctional facility. The students presented Carlo with a gift at the ceremony, expressing appreciation for the opportunity.

Carlo says students receive a "robust" liberal arts education in an 18-month, five-semester program.

"We think everyone is worthy of an education," added Carlo.

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