Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta, sparked a pledge from Gov. William Donald Schaefer yesterday to look into training prison inmates to use computers so they might one day earn an honest living.
Speaking to more than 900 businessmen and women at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Young challenged state officials to do what Muslim community leaders have done in Atlanta, which is help ex-convicts establish their own businesses. The state should teach prisoners how to use computers, he said.
"You need to give these people an education and train them to run a business and in turn they become taxpayers," Young said.