A total of eighteen students were enrolled in the inaugural program, which began a month ago and will go on for five more months. They study computer literacy, programming, web development, and design in a facilitated computer lab, following along with a project-based curriculum. After the educational program concludes, Code.7370 will operate a development workshop and create employment opportunities for inmates to practice and profit from their new skills.
Hack Reactor’s instructional staff conduct in-person lectures and project mentorship, also making use of teleconference software for guest lecturers. The curriculum for Code.7370 was designed and developed by a team of staff and alumni volunteers.
The goal of The Last Mile’s Code.7370 program is to equip inmates with cutting-edge job skills and ultimately reduce recidivism. The tendency for inmates to relapse into criminal behavior when they are released is a real ongoing problem in the United State, particularly in California. The recidivism rate in California is one of the highest in the US and Californians pay $9 billion annually for their overcrowded prison system. According to the Pew Center on the States, if recidivism were to be reduced by just 10% for one year, it would save California around $233 million.
“With Code.7370, we work towards a rehabilitative and forward-thinking correctional system,” said Shawn Drost, Hack Reactor Cofounder. “Our staff and alumni are proud to help contribute to the facilitation of the program. It is a joy to work with our motivated and gifted students, and we are already witnessing them excel at computer programming, create valuable skills, and change their lives.”
“The new Code.7370 program is unique not only because it’s being taught inside San Quentin State Prison, but it has an end-goal of preparing formerly incarcerated people for jobs in the tech sector after they are released from prison,” said Chris Redlitz, Cofounder of the Last Mile.
About The Last Mile
The Last Mile (TLM) program was established in 2010 in San Quentin State Prison, utilizing the experience and resources of successful entrepreneurs, leveraging their extensive network in the technology business community to help bridge the gap between the penal system and the technology sector. TLM is using current technologies and social media resources to build programs that address the fiscal challenges and high recidivism rates facing our nation’s prison system. For more information, visit www.thelastmile.org.