Apr 5, 2016
Beverly Parenti (@thebev) is co-founder and
Executive Director of The Last
Mile—a nonprofit focused on providing education and
training inside prison that can result in gainful employment upon
reentry, thereby reducing recidivism and helping redirect
spending from prisons to education.
and his wife Priscilla Chan recently visited San Quentin
prison to spend time with inmates who are
participating in Last Mile’s coding boot camp called
Code.7370. On the day of
his visit, Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook QUOTE “We can’t jail
our way to a just society.” END QUOTE
programming is one of the most requested prison education programs
in the U.S. It’s the FIRST program to offer a computer programming
curriculum that teaches men and women to become software engineers.
The Last Mile will be in six prisons (including 2 women’s
facilities by the end of this year, and expand outside of
California next year.
In this episode we discussed:
- The critical need for programming to not only train inmates on
technical skills, but also help them find redemption through their
- How The Last Mile grew from an entrepreneurship training
program into a program that includes software engineering as a
- How policymakers can begin to develop similar programs to help
train inmates in their local detention facilities.
- The Last Mile's revolutionary inmate training method that
is spreading nationwide.
The Last Mile
Life We Bury by Allen Eskens