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Jeremy Matter, an inmate at the Becker County Minimum Security Jail, is working on punctuation, grammar, building proper sentences and pronouns in preparation for his upcoming GED test. He started working on his GED, the equivalent of a high school diploma, in 2004, taking several years off in between to work, and is hoping to pass his final test in the next couple weeks and then continue on to college for training in computers. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)

Jail inmates earning high school diplomas

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After his first son was born, Jeremy Matter decided it was time to get his GED. Unfortunately, life got in the way, but six years later, he's just days away from finally earning it.

In order to pay for rent and child support, Matter would quit working on his GED and head to work. In 2004, he spent six months in the Becker County Minimum Security Jail and had plenty of time to study and tested out of all portions of the GED except English.

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