Inmate Coders

A million lines of code, an air pollution vacuum, NIGO for Uniqlo UT and more in our weekly look at the web

Two convicted felons at an Oklahoma prison (a murderer and a sex offender) have written a software program that could save the prison—and entire state of Oklahoma—millions of dollars by increasing efficiency in the food system. By tracking prisoners as they move through dining halls along with incoming shipments of food, the software records and looks for patterns in dietary habits and pricing data. Already the software has found pricing discrepancies from the prison’s main food contractor Sysco, making some sort of action on behalf of the state almost inevitable.