MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - For a place normally marked by fear and anger, sounds of joy and elation rang around the chapel space as 23 Mobile County Metro Jail inmates received their GEDs.
“It's been a pleasure working with them because, well they moved from being in a place of fear to being in a place of faith,” Kennith Davis, chaplain of the Mobile County Metro Jail. “And knowing that the next week or two weeks after we talked to them or studied with them, they say, 'I'm ready for the GED.' And they accomplished what they came to do."
The GED program began back in 2011 with only a couple of students and has expanded each year since. On Wednesday, September 11 white caps replaced the normal green and brown attire and inmates like Julian Woods and his brother Romello Williams were able to share in their achievement with their family, if only for a couple of hours.
“Well I got locked up when I was 15, me and my codefendant,” Woods said. “And I just look at this time like God just sent me down here for a reason and my GED was my reason."
“When I get out, it's going to be different then when I was out (the first time) cause I ain't going to be in no more trouble. It's going to be me focusing on my school work and getting my degrees and stuff,” Williams said.
The brothers were charged with opening fire at LeFlore High School back in March of 2012. Now things were much different as they were joined by their mother, aunt and grandmother for a celebration.
“It's been difficult. It has been difficult, but today is a proud day,” said Lee Woods, the boys’ grandmother.
For the two brothers who dream about studying engineering at the University of Alabama, it’s the best thing they could ask for.
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