This week marks the third week of a nationwide prison strike that's largely focused on ending “prison slavery.” That term is not just hyperbole -- forcing prisoners to work for little or no pay is constitutionally protected by the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery more broadly.
When you think of prison labor, you might think of license plates. But behind the walls of San Quentin State Prison, a select few inmates are working in an industry you might not expect. They're developing websites, software and apps for technology clients in the Bay Area and beyond.
Graduates of The Last Mile Project's business and technology incubator have gone on to make six-figure salaries upon release from prison.