California prisoners to get jobs as programmers

April 21, 2015 11:03 AM

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California prisoners to get jobs as programmers

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. — California inmates can earn cash making license plates for state residents. Soon they'll be able to get paid for writing code.

In a first for the country, prisoners at San Quentin State Prison are being considered for jobs as computer programmers. If everything goes as planned, they will work on projects for private businesses, all from inside the prison's walls.

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