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SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — An innovative training program that prepares prison inmates for jobs in the tech sector has expanded.
The rigorous, six-month course was launched at San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco by a pair of successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.
The program is "bootstrapping," as its organizers say, with just 12 graduates in its first two years, but a new session began this month at the Los Angeles Twin Towers Correctional Facility.
The program uses local experts as volunteer instructors, teaching carefully selected prisoners to design and launch technology firms.
The five graduates released so far have landed real jobs at real dot-coms.
Four inmates at the St. Clair County Jail face additional charges after officers uncovered an escape plot.
Correctional officers started investigating after they heard rumors about an plan to escape by some inmates. During a surprise search of the suspected inmates' cells, authorities found a hole in the ceiling. The inmates were all designated as an extreme escape risk.
The four suspects are in jail on charges ranging from murder to manufacturing meth.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis organization is getting a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide job training for inmates.
Federal officials on Wednesday announced $20 million in grants nationwide, including funding to the Fathers' Support Center of St. Louis.
The grants are part of the Training to Work-Adult Re-entry initiative. The goal is to provide work skills, education and support services to help soon-to-be released inmates find and keep jobs.