OCJ inmates celebrated for completing transitional programs

More than a dozen inmates were honored in a Celebration of Success.

Posted: Mar 26, 2019 5:02 PM
Updated: Mar 26, 2019 5:44 PM

ORISKANY, N.Y. -- It was a different type of commencement ceremony Tuesday – in an unlikely place – the Oneida County Jail, and the graduates were inmates.

More than a dozen inmates were honored in a Celebration of Success.

Behind bars, they completed programs that will help prepare them for their transition back into the community, and keep them from being incarcerated in the future.

“They seek hope. They seek a path. everyone is looking for some kind of inspiration that they can achieve, that they can do what they've been told throughout their lives they can't do and that's receive an education. Today is a real inspiring day and day of hope for a lot of people that perhaps didn't have it before they started this program,” said Mark Montgomery, the keynote speaker.

Programs included Oriskany Alternative High School, BOCES adult education, certified production technician training, and the "Ready Set Work" program.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 451227

Reported Deaths: 33090
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Queens718187245
Kings673917319
Bronx526664942
Nassau463252201
Suffolk461762011
Westchester378661454
New York331463173
Richmond157861085
Rockland14891675
Orange11835498
Erie11082689
Monroe5925289
Dutchess5084153
Onondaga4253205
Albany3037134
Oneida2378123
Ulster224495
Niagara1733101
Putnam158363
Sullivan157348
Broome147669
Schenectady138348
Saratoga100617
Rensselaer90142
Columbia58237
Chautauqua5479
Madison48917
Ontario46535
Oswego4643
Tompkins3990
Warren36333
Steuben36042
Chemung3493
Fulton33224
Otsego3325
Orleans32554
Herkimer32210
Greene32118
St. Lawrence3194
Genesee3175
Wayne3115
Washington28814
Cattaraugus2556
Chenango2487
Montgomery2294
Tioga22525
Cayuga2022
Livingston2028
Jefferson1640
Cortland1620
Essex1610
Clinton1555
Wyoming1325
Delaware1314
Seneca1053
Allegany991
Schoharie830
Franklin650
Yates627
Lewis500
Schuyler390
Hamilton150
Unassigned016
Utica
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 49°
Oneonta
Scattered Clouds
45° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 45°
Herkimer
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 49°
Thendara
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 49°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left