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First female inmate obtains high school diploma through Sheriff’s Office GED Program

    Devonna Deshae WilliamsDevon Deshae received diploma


Yulee, Fla. – The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Inmate GED Program at the Nassau County Jail/Detention Center has graduated their first female inmate.

Inmate Devonna Deshae Williams, who is from Fernandina Beach and was arrested and convicted of Sale Manufacture or Deliver Cannabis, obtained her high school diploma on February 20, 2018.  She was presented her diploma by Sheriff Bill Leeper and GED Coordinator Tracey Barnes.

Inmate Williams was sentenced to the Nassau County Jail for six months after her drug conviction and worked very hard over the past four months to study and pass several exams to complete her diploma.  “I thank my mother for supporting me even when I didn’t make her proud.  I hope she’s proud of me now” said Williams.

In talking to Sheriff Leeper about her future plans, she said it took this experience in jail to open her eyes and thankfully the GED program allowed her to obtain something that once seemed impossible.  Williams plans to continue her education at Florida State College at Jacksonville and eventually join the military or open up her own business.
#1 – Inmate Williams booking photo
#2 – Sheriff Bill Leeper and GED Coordinator Tracy Barnes presents Inmate Devonna Deshae Williams her diploma.