Technology could be a great contribution for the reintegration of ex-convicts into society in Latin American territory.
Technology could be a great contribution for the reintegration of ex-convicts into society in the Latin American territory. Most Latin American countries are experiencing a severe prison crisis and one of the tools they wish to implement for the reintegration of convicts into society are virtual reality glasses and electronic tablets.
This conclusion was exposed by leaders of the technological area, experts in rehabilitation of people and public officials, in a meeting called “Most Human Prisons” carried out by the World Bank of Development, last July in the city of Washington, United States.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Latin American and Caribbean region has only 8% of the world’s population and 33% of homicides occur globally. This reveals that this territory is the most violent in the world, four times above the global rate.
This reality demands effective measures that have short, medium and long term results. Technology could be a key element in the reintegration rate, said the specialist in Citizen Security of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Nathalie Alvarado, to the news agency EFE, since it could improve the lives of prisoners and facilitate their readaptation to society at the time they complete their sentence.
The technology company Samsung has been one of the pioneers in the application of these tools, making a pilot test, a pioneer in the region, in the juvenile detention center El Redentor, located in the Colombian capital, Bogotá.
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The Corporate Affairs Manager of Samsung in Colombia, César Muñoz, explained that the activity with his teams has been applied for a year and a half in the detention center, which generated rejection among young people in the beginning, but which has demonstrated more interest and confidence with the passage of time. One of the dynamics applied to inmates is to visit urban art exhibitions through virtual reality glasses, performing an educational and interesting exercise for young people.
Muñoz also gave details about some of the young inmates who have excelled in the activities, learned to program in HTML, studied the principles of quantum physics and currently go to college daily, with a temporary agreement with the judge under strict conditions. He added that the program has the potential to be applied to adults, however, even the land must be further investigated, in order to reach agreements with the country’s prisons.
The managers of these centers must be more aware of what artificial intelligence and the management of big data could contribute in the sector, not only in the area of reintegration, but also in the assistance of psychological issues to convicts in order to avoid unfortunate consequences or help them in a more effective way.
More than helping in the reform of the prisoner, the penitentiary centers in Latin America have managed to marginalize them and further corrupt them in many cases, allowing mafias to be created and illegal activities to be carried out not only inside the facilities, but also affecting outside jail. Technology can be an important factor for the true reintegration of a prisoner into society, generating expectations, knowledge and projects that can contribute positively to them and their environment.