The Last Mile and Hack Reactor Launch Code.7370, Offering Full-time Computer Programing Training to the Incarcerated

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. November 13, 2014 – Hack Reactor, the immersive JavaScript-focused coding academy, in partnership with The Last Mile, the program that helps bridge the gap between freedom and incarceration, announced today the launch of the Code.7370 program, which provides computer programming training to prisoners in San Quentin State Prison. It is the only coding academy to be offered to inmates, in a California prison. 

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 Code.7370
Code.7370 is a curriculum developed by the Last Mile and Hack Reactor. It is packaged into transferable content modules, allowing approved correctional facilities to effectively operate the program. The 6-month program is structured as a progression towards the normal day-to-day life of a software engineer in an entrepreneurial environment. It begins with heavy lecture and lab training sessions taught by expert instructors and moves towards independent projects and internships with technology companies. HTML, CSS and JavaScript are the primary areas of concentration. 

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

About Hack Reactor

Hack Reactor’s mission is two-fold: to empower people and to transform education through rapid-iteration teaching. Hack Reactor designs and conducts advanced immersion education programs that train students 11 hours per day, 6 days a week, over 12 weeks. Our curriculum cultivates mastery of computer science fundamentals and the JavaScript programming language. The Hack Reactor network of technology schools educates more software engineers every year than Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley and the California Institute of Technology, combined. Hack Reactor maintains a 99% employment rate and a median graduate salary of $110,000. Alumni work in a variety of mid- to senior-level engineering roles at industry leaders like Google, Adobe, LinkedIn, Uber and Amazon, as well as at several growing technology companies. For more information, visit:

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