When Flaco Rising Ryan took his first college class in the new state prison in Folsom, do not know basic math concepts like fractions or Multiplication or "how to write with periods and commas" as he puts it. He will soon graduate with a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Now, as he is about to graduate with a degree in sociology, he has a grade point average of 4.0 floating around. He has also published several articles and leads a group on campus dedicated to helping students previously imprisoned.

"My journey through education has been a roller-coaster ride," he Rising said. Most popular

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