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Our History

Our History

The Last Mile, established in 2010, has achieved numerous milestones over the years.

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Brennan Center for Justice and TLM Host Criminal Justice Panel at Commonwealth Club

Discussing “Excessive Punishment: How the Justice System Creates Mass Incarceration” with panelists Ken Oliver, Executive Director at Checkr, Michael Mendoza, former Director of Advocacy at Anti-Recidivism Coalition, L.B. Eisen, Senior Director of the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, and Kevin McCracken, Executive Director of The Last Mile. Panel was moderated by LaDoris Cordell, former superior Judge.

Watch here.

2023 Annual Report

Read The Last Mile’s Annual Report 2023 here.

BOLD Community Online Event

TLM collaborates with BOLD Community to launch virtual event to discuss tech up-skilling for justice-impacted communities to an international audience.

Web Summit

Co-founder and COO, Beverly Parenti, is a judge for PITCH,  Web Summit 2023‘s startup competition in Lisbon.

Hip Hop’s 50th Anniversary with Live Nation and Music Forward

TLM, Live Nation and Music Forward host a night of entertainment and music for Hip Hop’s 50 Anniversary.

2023 TLM Staff Offsite


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The Last Mile team at Governor Holcomb’s estate in Indianapolis, IN.

TLM Radio Streaming

The Last Mile Radio streaming on all service platforms.

TLM Launches in Massachusetts

TLM Web Development classroom starts instruction in MCI-Shirley, Massachusetts with 16 students.

First TLM Radio Episode
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The Last Mile Radio airs its first episode with hosts Maserati-E and Chris Redlitz and special guest Sway Calloway on SiriusXM Triumph 111.

TLM Launches in Montana
Montana Ribbon Cutting

TLM Web Development classroom starts instruction in Montana State Prison with 22 students.

All Staff in Oakland
Tlm Staff In Oakland

TLM hosts its first all staff off site at their new offices in Oakland.

Headquarters moved to Oakland, CA

Headquarters and offices for The Last Mile make a move to Oakland, California.

Play for Justice Event

TLM, the Indiana Pacers, ARC and Play for Justice host a Play for Justice Event at Putnamville Correctional Facility.

Chromebook Pilot Program Launches
Chromebook Program

TLM’s Chromebook Pilot Program launches in Pelican Bay State Prison, giving students the ability to work on coursework from their housing unit.

Audio and Video Production Program Launches

TLM’s Audio and Video Production Program (AVP) launches in Putnamville Correctional Facility in Indiana.

First Turn2U Scholarship Awarded

The first Turn2U scholarship recipient is announced.

Winner of Barron’s Educational Inclusion Award

TLM is selected as a winner of Barron’s Celebrates: Educational Inclusion.

Reentry Program Launches

TLM helps launch Grow with Google Career Readiness for Reentry Program, providing professional development resources to returned citizens and incarcerated people across the country.

TLM Reopens in Ironwood State Prison

TLM reopens a Web Development Program in partnership with CDCR in Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, CA after a prolonged closure.

Winner of MIT Pathways to Reimagining Employment

TLM is selected as a winner of MIT Pathways to Reimagining Employment in the US Challenge 2020.

AVP Program Launches in San Quentin

Audio and Video Production Program opens at California’s San Quentin State Prison.

Inaugural Graduation in Oklahoma

Inaugural graduation at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McCloud, OK, featuring virtual appearances by Priscilla Chan and MC Hammer.

Intro to Web Design & Development Program Launches

TLM Intro to Web Design and Development Program launches across youth facilities with TLM programs.

TLM Launches in North Dakota

The Last Mile to launch in North Dakota at a men’s facility.

Winner of MIT Solve 2020

TLM is selected as a winner of MIT Solve 2020 for Good Jobs & Inclusive Entrepreneurship.

Offline Curriculum due to Covid-19

TLM starts distributing offline curriculum during Covid-19 closures.

The Recount’s Shift Series Episode

TLM dual live broadcasts from Putnamville and Rockville Correctional Facilities (IN) for The Recount’s Shift Series.

DRP-TV Program Launches

TLM launches the DRP-TV program across the CDCR DRP network, presenting interviews hosted by TLM staff to all incarcerated people in California.

Inaugural Graduation in Kansas

Inaugural graduation at Topeka Correctional Facility in Topeka, KS. Several TLM staff attended in person and gave graduation keynote speeches.

TLM Launches in Michigan

Parnall Correctional Facility becomes the first men’s facility with TLM programming in Michigan.

First Men’s Facility in Indiana

Putnamville Correctional Facility becomes the first men’s facility with TLM programming in Indiana.

TLM Launches in Oklahoma
Oklahoma Launch

The Last Mile opens a classroom in the Mabel Bassett Correctional Facility (Oklahoma), funded by the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative.

TLM Launches in Kansas

Topeka Correctional Facility becomes the first women’s facility with TLM programming in Kansas.

Partnership with Google.org
Pendleton Juvenile Facility Ribbon Cutting

Google.org announces partnership with TLM Youth Facilities.

The Next Chapter Program

Next Chapter, The Last Mile’s partnership with Slack, Kellogg Foundation, and FreeAmerica, announced.

TLM Launches in Juvenile Facility

First Juvenile facility welcomes The Last Mile program at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility.

TLM Launches in Indiana
Indiana Womens Prison Ribbon Cutting

The Last Mile expands for the first time outside of California in partnership with the State of Indiana at Indiana Women’s Prison.

TLM Radio Launches
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TLM Radio launches with SiriusXM. The show’s mission is to inspire listeners with social impact stories.

TLM Works Begins

Launch of TLM Works, a web development shop inside San Quentin, that operates as a Joint Venture with CalPIA.

First Women’s Facility

The Last Mile begins programming at the first women’s facility, Folsom Women’s Facility.

TLM Launches in Second Facility

Ironwood State Prison program launched.

Partnership with CalPIA

The Last Mile begins programming as Code.7370 at San Quentin in partnership with CalPIA.

First Demo Day
First Demo Day

The first six graduating TLM Students have their first Demo Day in front of 350+ business and tech C-Suite executives, entrepreneurs, government officials, and prominent news organizations.

Entrepreneurship Program Begins

The Last Mile started an entrepreneurship program inside San Quentin for the first time.

The Last Mile Starts

Chris Redlitz enters San Quentin and is inspired to ask his wife Beverly Parenti to join him in starting a program.