The Last Mile, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in San Francisco, is an innovative approach to recidivism prevention. It is the first prison program in California, and the US, that focuses on technology entrepreneurship.
Our approach is a combination of inside prison and reentry programs. The combination facilitates strong reentries in which our graduates, incarcerated men and women, their families and our society at large, can thrive.
Supporters and Beneficiaries Include:
- Tax Payers
- Law Enforcement
- Concerned Citizens
The Last Mile, an innovative non-profit focused on curbing recidivism, prepares incarcerated individuals for successful reentry through business and technology training.
What We Do: Prison Programs & Reentry Programs
Our approach begins during incarceration and continues after release.
During Incarceration – Prison Programs
- Six-month business and technology entrepreneurship training
- Computer programming training
- Mentorship and continued Alumni education
After Release – Reentry Programs
- Facilitate opportunity for paid intership
- Extensive personal and professional mentorship and training
- Continued mentorship and connection to TLM Alumni Network
To learn more about our work, please visit this section on our prison programs and reentry programs.
Why Is This Important
According to the National Institute of Justice, recidivism is:
One of the most fundamental concepts in criminal justice, [recidivism] refers to a person’s relapse into criminal behavior, often after the person receives sanctions or undergoes intervention for a previous crime.
Hard facts that illustrate the scope of the issue:
- 65.1% : California’s recidivism rate within 3 years of release. The highest rate in the country. (Source: CDCR)
- $9 Billion: Current amount Californians pay for their overcrowded prison system (Source: Huffington Post)
- 400%: Increase in California’s spending for corrections since 1980 (Source: cacs.org)
- $233.1 Million: Potential cost savings for California if recidivism is reduced by just 10% for 1 year. (Source: The Pew Center)