CHIPLEY - Life has a way of throwing curves balls at people and will leave them to decide how to handle tough situations. When 19-year-old John Morris was arrested and spent 4 months in the Washington County Jail after being arrested on felony drug charges, chose to use his time in custody to take classes and study.


On November 4, Morris was presented with his GED by WCSO Sheriff Kevin Crews.


Crews said for him, presenting the GED to Morris was a honor.


"I am proud of this young man,“ Crews said. ”I look forward to seeing where he is at in the months to come. I hope he remembers that if he ever needs us, at any time, we will be there to help."


Morris said after serving his sentence, he plans to attend the Florida Panhandle Technical College.


"I've learned my lesson," Morris said.


Crews said the GED program was a useful tool for inmates and provides a positive outlook for their situation.


"We believe programs, such as these, provide a way for inmates to move forward from the situation that landed them in our jail," he said.