San Quentin’s Adult School Honored

San Quentin State Prison is making a name for itself among educators. The prison’s Robert E. Burton Adult School has been named a “distinguished school,” making San Quentin the first prison in the state to achieve such an honor. Officials tell the Marin Independent Journal that the success is a result of the school’s dual purpose of providing education and vocational training. The school shows promise both outside and inside the prison walls where nearly 1,200 of the prison’s 4,300 prisoners are enrolled in some sort of educational program or training and incentives may be why. San Quentin requires all inmates to complete a high school education, but those who participate in higher education programs can receive up to six months off their sentences.