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Prison Program Aims To Turn Criminals Into Coders

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-03-15 11:34
Press2ToContinue writes with news that San Quentin, a notorious California prison, has started a program to teach a class of inmates to write code. The first class will last for six months, and the inmates are learning about programming for eight hours a day. The hope is to give them the skills to find a good job after they leave prison, which in turn would reduce their chances of recidivism. Since the state's Dept. of Corrections prohibits internet access, the class only "pretends" to be online — they can't use internet-based resources, and nobody on the outside can see or use the software they create. One of the class's backers said, 'Almost every week there's epiphanies. And most of the guys in here, they've never touched a computer before. They are progressing beyond our expectations."

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Top U.S. Republican lawmaker to launch new investigation of Clinton emails: ABC

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-03-15 11:32
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Representative John Boehner, the top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, plans to announce a new investigation this week into Hillary Clinton’s use of email when she led the State Department, ABC News reported on Sunday.

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Ukraine's president says truce not working, urges more Russia sanctions: newspaper

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-03-15 11:21
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Ukraine's president accused Russian-backed separatists in the east of failing to respect a ceasefire with Ukrainian troops and called for further sanctions on Russia in comments to a German newspaper to be published on Monday.
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