Imagine a place that’s bustling with commercial activity, where a customer can get anything from a haircut to a pair of sneakers for the right price–and where savvy businesspeople can hone their craft.
You might be thinking of a shopping mall or a busy street in a big city. But, in this case, it’s prison.
At least that’s what Andrew Medal, a former inmate, said in an article he wrote in The Entrepreneur this year. His main advice was, “Prison sucks, so don’t go.” But he found a silver lining in the experience, in that it taught him how to be a better businessman.
While the majority of former inmates face challenges finding employment upon release, a handful of them have managed to turn their incarceration into business endeavors. Not all of them have been successful; Fusion Money found several businesses launched by ex-cons and covered in the press that are no longer in operation, as well as one whose co-founder was recently arrested again.
However, the following entrepreneurs are still running business that aim to help incarcerated people, and create jobs for other ex-cons.
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