Steve Barrow opened his computer repair and sales business on Franklin Turnpike nearly two years ago. But soon after starting up, he saw a need for teaching basic computer skills to those recently released from prison.
Barrow offers free one-on-one computer training at his store, Hammer Hill Computers, to help returning residents reenter society. Those who have been in jail or prison, especially after a lengthy sentence, will likely have trouble operating computers and navigating the Internet, Barrow said.
“If you’ve been in prison for 20 years, you’re not going to know Google,” he said during an interview at his business last week.
Barrow does not ask what his clients served time for. That’s beside the point.
“I don’t ask what they went in for,” he said. “It’s not my business.”
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On average, he spends a total of about four hours instructing two people a week.