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February 26, 2013

From inmates to entrepreneurs

Programme gives California prisoners tech start-up training.
The Last Mile
Photo via The Last Mile.

The US state of California has long been known as the home of many technology start-ups. One organisation is now helping bring that entrepreneurial spirit and start-up culture within the walls of San Quentin State Prison.

The Last Mile, a project partially funded by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, is the only start-up training programme designed purely for the incarcerated. Inmates must meet particular requirements to enroll in the six-month programme, which educates trainees in social media, online brand management, and high-tech skills for eventual job placement in Silicon Valley's tech sector.

On Friday, seven inmates at San Quentin presented their ideas for tech start-ups at the prison's second-annual "Demo Day".