Letter to the Editor: Program would reduce crime

Educating inmates, all studies show, is the best way to reduce crime! This program – NewBoCo – in the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women in Mitchellville, Iowa should be in every prison in every state.

NewBoCo will receive a $175,000 grant — and possibly more — from Google Impact Challenge Iowa to provide computer coding classes at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women in Mitchellville. NewBoCo, the startup and business development nonprofit, has partnered with the Iowa Department of Corrections to bring DeltaV Code School classes to the women inmates to acquire skills they can use once released from prison.

Since DeltaV began, 100 percent of graduates were employed within four months as software developers with an average starting salary of $58,400. And I assure you, for someone who has gone to prison, and likely lost everything, that starting salary is a fortune!

These classes will provide an opportunity for incarcerated individuals to learn the necessary skills and be trained in “one of the fastest-growing industries in the state.” Research shows that people who receive vocational and educational training while incarcerated are far less likely to return to prison because they are able to find meaningful employment upon their release.

Ken Abraham

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