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Meet the Venture Capitalist Who’s Investing in Redemption

Christopher Redlitz gives inmates a second chance by training them in the art of startups.

Christopher Redlitz spends his life turning other people’s dreams into realities. Now Redlitz, a venture capitalist and cofounder of Transmedia Capital in San Francisco, is focusing his skills on helping a group that rarely gets a second chance: prison inmates. Through his nonprofit, The Last Mile, Redlitz and his partners select groups of qualified men and provide them with training in technology and entrepreneurship. Through six months of classes, participants learn everything from how to use social media to forming businesses and more, leading up to their very own Demo Day, where they present their business ideas to a select audience. The hope is that, upon their release, the men will have the confidence and skills to work in a paid internship program within the Silicon Valley technology sector, where they can gain real-life experience to aid in the transition from inmate to citizen. The program is already a success at San Quentin State Prison, and now it’s being implemented in an L.A. county jail, with others soon to follow.

 

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Erin Skarda is a freelance journalist and editor based in Denver, Colo. She is a former editor and writer for TIME.com.