Hardee County Sheriff's Office Implements GED Program at County Jail

July 29, 2019

Hardee County Sheriff’s Office implements GED program at county jail

Media Contact: Makayla Chancey, PIO

On July 22, 2019, the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office implemented a General Education Development (GED) program at the Hardee County Jail.

Determined to give inmates the chance to further their education, Sheriff Lanier has made it possible for the jail to offer this type of program through a partnership with South Florida State College.

The Hardee County Jail once had a GED program and JASA (Jail Assistance for Substance Abuse) program, each for approximately three years until funding was lost. Six inmates had previously graduated from the GED program while they were incarcerated at the jail before it was terminated.

Even though we lost two positions after JASA was terminated, we still wanted to offer programs to help the inmates better themselves. By offering the GED program, it gives individuals the chance to not only obtain their diplomas, but also to hopefully give them a greater opportunity for job employment once they’re released.” – Sheriff Arnold Lanier

The only cost to the Hardee County Jail will be the price of the final exam participating inmates may take.