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The Last Mile Works Teaches Prisoners Coding Skills

Most prisoners who work behind bars make close to nothing. But a new program is basically creating a web development startup inside San Quentin prison in California and paying the inmates who work there $16.79 an hour.

It’s called The Last Mile Works, part of The Last Mile, a program which teaches prisoners coding skills. The program is just getting off the ground in San Quentin, but they’re already working with some pretty high profile companies on projects.

And, the first crop of inmates is leaving prison with portfolios ready to find a job.

For more on this, I got a hold of Natrina Gandana, program director for The Last Mile via Skype.

Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.