SAN QUENTIN, CA—It sounds almost like a parody of Silicon Valley: two wealthy San Francisco Bay Area tech veterans want San Quentin State Prison inmates to learn basic computer programming as a way to better themselves.
The eventual goal? That a specially selected group of 18 men be employed as Web designers and developers even before they’re released and then continue beyond prison, competing with coders worldwide. The hope is that given the right skills, recidivism (returning to prison) will decrease.
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