Jamie Belville shakes Sinclair President Steven Johnson’s hand as she receives her certificate during Monday’s ceremony at Dayton Correctional Institute. CHUCK HAMLIN/STAFF

Sinclair to graduate record number of women from Dayton Correctional Institute

A record number of 115 women are set to graduate from Sinclair’s Prison Education Program during a 12:30 p.m. ceremony at DCI. Sinclair has awarded more than 350 certificates to prisoners at DCI from fall 2017 through summer 2018, another record for the community college.

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Of the women who will receive certificates Tuesday, 46 have already been released from prison, according to Sinclair.

Sinclair began offering post-secondary programming to incarcerated individuals in 1987 at the DCI. There are nearly 1,351 students enrolled in Sinclair programs in seven Ohio prisons, according to the school.

Sinclair’s prison program costs around $1.75 million to operate and a majority of the funding is provided by the state, Sinclair chief of staff Adam Murka has said. Some inmates take the credits they earned in prison and put them toward a degree after they are released, Murka said, though there is no estimate on how many continue to pursue an education.


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