From Prison to Programming: Justice Through Code Provides a Pathway to Careers in Tech

Editor's note:

The following is a version of an article originally published on the Center for Justice website. 

February 18, 2021

This week, Amazon Web Services, a Justice Through Code (JTC) supporter, released a short documentary video on how the Justice Through Code program has changed the lives of students and given them a sense of respect and hope for the future.

Justice Through Code, a partnership of the Center for Justice and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School, is a free coding intensive that provides opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals to grow and develop into the technology leaders of tomorrow. Amazon Web Services announced their support of Justice Through Code last year and pledged to provide resources and financial support to secure more internships for JTC students. 

The program's ultimate goal is to ensure every Justice Through Code student is placed in an internship upon graduation. To achieve this, JTC is launching a fundraising goal of $100,000 to offer more formerly incarcerated people life-changing access to career-track opportunities in the technology industryDonate here(Please indicate in the special instructions on the last page that the donation is for Justice Through Code.)

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Learn More

Watch the video featuring Justice Through Code Program Manager Aedan Macdonald and JTC students Antwan and Alissa. Read the video release announcement from Amazon Web Services, and a TechCrunch article on Antwan and Justice Through Code.