Ten inmates earn degrees, graduate in Missouri prison

PACIFIC, Mo. – There was pomp and circumstance. There were caps and gowns. Proud family members sat in the audience.

It looked like just another graduation ceremony — except it took place at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in the town of Pacific, where all 10 of the graduates are incarcerated.

The graduates received Associate of Arts degrees earlier this week from Washington University in St. Louis, becoming the university’s first class of incarcerated graduates. To earn the...

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