ALTO, Ga. -- Graduating high school guarantees little.
It does not guarantee a better job, nor a better life -- just a much better chance.
But for 19 women who received their diplomas Thursday, it meant a historic step.
They formed the first group of Georgia inmates to graduate high school while in a state prison -- in this case, Lee Arrendale State Prison in Gainesville.
Most states allow inmates to receive GEDs. Georgia is now one of the few that goes further, using charter school provisions to enable its inmates to graduate high school.