Texas inmate earns GED, receives 'special' graduation party

Posted at 8:25 AM, Apr 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-25 09:25:51-04

POTTER COUNTY, Texas — A Texas inmate received his GED and a special graduation party this Friday.

"We had another one of our inmates decided to change his directions and he finished his GED and we had a graduation for him!" the Potter County Sheriff's Office wrote.

The photo has since gone viral, with online users commenting, "Congratulations!" and wishing the inmate well.

"Special when they decide to do better and try to make it to where they don't come back to jail! Congratulations" PSCO said.

Around 136,000 people are currently incarcerated under federal or state jurisdiction in Texas; the highest of any U.S. state.

Meanwhile, an execution set for Wednesday has sparked controversy, with some claiming the Texas mother is innocent.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, there have been 17 women executed throughout the nation, according to the data. Texas has put more women to death — six — than any other state.