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Offenders Take STEPs Toward a Degree

Seventeen college degrees were presented during a commencement ceremony for the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformation in Education in Prisons (NJ-STEP) program, which was held on August 23 at Northern State Prison. The program allows incarcerated individuals to enroll in higher education courses toward a degree.

Among the featured speakers at the commencement ceremony were New Jersey Department of Corrections Commissioner Gary M. Lanigan; Fred Patrick, director of the Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections; and Jianping Wang, president of Mercer County Community College.

Photos by Minhaj Hassan

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