Westchester County Jail inmates receive GEDs at graduation ceremony

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VALHALLA -

A special graduation ceremony was held at the Westchester County Jail Wednesday for inmates receiving their GEDs.

A total of nine inmates got their high school equivalency diplomas at the Valhalla jail, including 19-year-old Taionna Howard.

Howard said she was a victim of sex trafficking when she  was 11 until 15 and was shot when she was seven months pregnant with her daughter.

"I'm excited because I never thought I would graduate. This is for my daughter,” she said.

Inmates at the jail also have the opportunity to pursue their education beyond a high school diploma. Just a few weeks ago, the jail started offering a college course through a program run by Manhattan College.

The jail's high school GED program is run by the county in partnership with Southern Westchester BOCES.

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