The Device That Could Help Keep Former Inmates Out Of Jail For Good


Huffington Post, October 28, 2014
Lydia O'Connor

More than 100 inmates in San Francisco’s jail are now in possession of computer tablets as part of a two-year pilot program allowing them to study using the same technology as students’ outside the system, shedding light on the digital divide so many inmates experience when they re-enter the job force.

The tablets were provided last week by Five Keys Charter School, a high school diploma program started by the San Francisco’s Sheriff’s Department in 2003 that has since spread to Los Angeles. Participating inmates will have the tablets for most of the day, NBC Bay Area reported, but they can be deactivated at any time and will only allow access to four secure websites, including a law library and education program.

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