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Four High Risk Offenders Graduate to Bigger & Better Things

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On Thursday, NBC Right Now was back in the classroom to see some familiar faces graduate from the "Thinking for a Change" program. On Thursday, NBC Right Now was back in the classroom to see some familiar faces graduate from the "Thinking for a Change" program.

YAKIMA, WA - It's a story NBC Right Now first brought you back in November.

On Thursday, we were back in the classroom to see some familiar faces graduate from the "Thinking for a Change" program.

The State Department of Corrections said the course is designed to help high risk offenders learn positive social skills and problem-solving techniques. The course lasts four to five months, and corrections officers said they hope offenders will use this new way of thinking instead of acting out impulsively or violently. A way that could land them back in jail.

The most recent course started with 14 offenders, but only four made it through the rigorous program to graduate.

"I've controlled a lot of inner anger issues," said Graduate Tasha Pleasant. "I've been more open to what others have to say."

"It will definitely help me with being able to go down the right way, instead of thinking negative," said Graduate Skyler Metherd.

The next course will start next week. Corrections Officers said they'll likely enroll more than 15 offenders at first, but over time, some will violate the program's standards and will have to drop out.

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