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Both Sides of the Bars | Bridging the Digital Divide: Behind the Bars, Beyond Release

ProducerKhalil Cumberbatch
DescriptionTechnology is essential to modern life – now, more than ever. The reliance on technology has only increased as we navigate society during a pandemic. But government research shows that people behind bars are among the most digitally excluded in society. Too many people leave incarceration ill-prepared to navigate a digital world. Upon their release, they can search to find organizations that offer technology training to help with their digital transition and advanced technology training. However, this process takes time and requires patience, especially considering people seek to come home focused on employment. Outside of communities like New York City, finding these services can be prove to be even more difficult. Offering digital literacy and advanced technology training while behind bars can help returning citizens with their transition, position them for success, and support their goals in seeking sustainable, permanent employment. This episode’s guests are Adrienne Whaley, director of systems operations and training at New York City-based The Fortune Society, and Carler Dinnold, contract manager at Fortune.
DateDecember 23, 2022