POSTED: Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 12:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 12:34pm
ST. GABRIEL, LA (NBC33) — Eleven graduates lined the stage at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. All are offenders in the custody of the Louisiana Department of public safety and corrections, and all are part of the first graduating sign language interpreter program. The eleven grads will act as interpreters for the 2,000 hearing impaired offenders in the state correctional system.
Graduate Cornell Martin admits that the life he led before being incarcerated was a selfish one, but now he says he's a changed man. With his newly acquired skills martin says he's hungry to help and support the deaf community.
"It makes me feel good because every time I help someone and I see the smile on their face it makes me happy to know that I am helping someone in need. "
The program required those participating to attend classes twice weekly for three years.