Inmates graduate from missionary program

Columbia, SC - COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - Fourteen inmates graduate from Columbia International University's two-year missionary program at Kirkland Correctional Institution Aug. 27.

The graduates are the second group of inmates to graduate with associate's degrees from the school. The first group of 15 inmates graduated in 2008.

Corrections Director Jon Ozmint approached CIU about providing faith based curriculum to inmates after visiting a similar program at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

Inmate graduates, who took courses on the Old and New Testament among other classes, will be assigned to dormitories in medium and maximum security prisons across South Carolina.

Among other initiatives, they will assist prison chaplains.

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