Empowering incarcerated individuals to transform their lives by educating them in high-tech skills and preparing them for careers in high-tech industries for successful re-entry into society

#PrisonEducation • #Coding • #Re-entry • #DataScience

The Challenges

Mass Incarceration
Cost of Incarceration

Currently, there are over 2 million individuals behind bars in county jails, state prisons, and federal penitentiaries. To put this into another perspective, more than one in one-hundred adults between the ages of eighteen and sixty-five are behind bars in the US. This number does not even include many millions more who are on parole or probation and are still part of the correctional system... Learn More →

Our Mission


Coders Beyond Bars, Inc. (CBB) is a not-for-profit organization in Massachusetts with the mission of educating incarcerated individuals in high-tech skills such as coding and preparing them for successful careers in high-tech industries. With our origin in The Educational Justice Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, we place ourselves at the intersection of education, technology and criminal justice in order to open up access to communities that have historically been marginalized in these contexts... Read More →

Ed McAdams

"It has been impressive to see the interest and investment by our students in this coders program. They are fully engaged and motivated in the learning process. The technical skills that they are learning, along with the collaboration required to work through projects will serve our students well in the future."

Ed McAdams

Headmaster at School of Reentry, Boston Pre-release Center

Pavlos Protopaps

"Coders Beyond Bars is doing an important work of democratizing access to education in coding and data science, which are essential skills for the next several decades."

Pavlos Protopapas

Scientific Program Director of Harvard Institute for Applied Computational Science

Alan L. Spencer

"Coders Beyond Bars provides the right amount of hands on facilitation coupled with remote classroom monitoring to assist the students in navigating the curriculum material."

Alan L. Spencer

Director of Workforce Development at School of Reentry, Boston Pre-release Center

The CBB Team

We are a small team of passionate individuals who are dedicated to bringing technology education to correctional environment

Community Partners

Our work wouldn't be possible without support from these incredible community partners

The Educational Justice Institute
Timothy Smith Network