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Shannon Swain, superintendent for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Rehabilitative Programs, Office of Correctional Education writes, “The graduates, incarcerated at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Center, are the first class to receive their bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine. It is the first time the state’s prison system has formally partnered with the University of California to provide incarcerated students with higher learning opportunities. This inaugural cohort has helped not only lay the foundation for the program, but will inspire those around them to follow on a similar path of self-growth.”

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