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Filling the Gaps

Turning inmates into coding entrepreneurs

By Monica Mehta

Fall 2018

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Percentage of job growth projected for software developers from 2016 to 2026

One million computing jobs will be unfilled by the year 2020 in the US alone. Why not upgrade prisoners’ job skills to fill those vacancies? That’s what tech entrepreneurs Chris Redlitz and Beverly Parenti are doing through The Last Mile, a program that teaches inmates to code and helps them find jobs when they’re released. The program’s 393 alumni boast a 0% recidivism rate. “Many men and women inside prison are entrepreneurs—they just used that hustle in the wrong way,” says Redlitz. More at thelastmile.org.

The Last Mile

Photography by The Last Mile