After incarceration, prisoners struggle to understand the digital world

One of the students, Nelson Butler, 45, has been incarcerated for a gang-related murder since he was 19. The length of his sentence means that he’s never legally sent an e-mail, posted a Facebook status, or taken a Snapchat selfie. “My exposure to the Internet is what I see on TV, basically,” he says. “At first, I thought it was like the Matrix.”

In the next row over, Jason Jones, 31, is working on a CSS document. Unlike some of his middle-aged classmates, Jones is young enough to have experienced adult life in the Internet age – he recalls that when he was first incarcerated nine years ago, flip phones and MySpace profiles were “the hottest things.” [link]


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