the last mile

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from their …about our story page:

Five years ago, Chris Redlitz entered San Quentin State Prison for the first time. Because of his background in venture capital, he was invited to speak to a group of men about business and entrepreneurship. He was so impressed by the men’s level of business knowledge and desire to learn, he began to nurture the idea of creating a Technology Accelerator inside the prison. His wife and business partner, Beverly Parenti, was not immediately enamored with the idea, but they agreed to immerse themselves into the issue of incarceration in America, and find a path to help resolve this daunting problem..


intro’d to the last mile here:


Really powerful story. A tech incubator in the least likely of places. (h/t @jhagel)… #life #purpose #passion #tech

16 min video

7 min – numbers.. moneyss

9 min – named the last mile.. because ..inside to outside.. the most difficult part..platform plugs into usage.. the highest amount of recidivism is w/in the first 6 months of release..

14 min – let results speak for themselves.. back first time since release in 2013 – and wants to take over for Chris and Beverly… Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal

Chrisfino writing for huffpo:

imagine.. a do-over.. for 7 bn.. a nother way

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The Last Mile is a program for prisoners at the San Quentin State Prison, California (in the United States) launched by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, that works with prisoners to help them build relevant skills in technology and other areas so that they can more easily transition to productive employment once they are out of prison. Participation in the program is restricted to prisoners who have worked hard to improve themselves intellectually and emotionally.


The program was founded in 2010 by Chris Redlitz and Beverly Parenti. and is a collaboration between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Transmedia Capital.


The program involves discussions with prisoners about various aspects of technology and digital communication, and prisoners are able to blog as well as participate on Twitter and Quora. However, participants do not have direct online access, and their handwritten or typed answers are uploaded by program volunteers. Inmates have reported on Quora that the program is highly beneficial to them, and their Quora answers in particular have received attention in a lot of media coverage of the program. Prisoners who go through the program have a final project that culminates in a five-minute presentation on a Demo Day.

In 2014 The Last Mile launched Code.7370 in San Quentin State Prison, the first fully inclusive computer programming curriculum available in a US prison. The students in Code.7370 learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Python. The program curriculum is expanding within California in 2015, initially in Ironwood State Prison.

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