Hong Kong’s Correctional Services department has proposed providing all inmates with a tablet computer for social and educational purposes. Part of the region’s ‘smart prison’ initiative, the scheme would allow prisoners to send emails to authorized recipients, access educational material, and listen to radio programs.
The proposed scheme is part of a larger, global trend to provide prisoners with technological devices for rehabilitation purposes. In the US, some detainees are given secure computers so that they can read e-books and watch educational videos. They can also send emails (pre-screened by staff) and purchase music and video games. Countries such as Belgium and Singapore have also trialed introducing digital services to encourage inmates to communicate with family and friends and access learning material.
Prisoners who are able to keep in touch with the outside world often find it easier to integrate back into society on release. Loved ones can provide valuable support to detainees and help them stay connected to their communities while incarcerated. Technology can also help inmates develop valuable skills that they can use to find jobs on completion of their sentences.
At BSWi, we are firm believers in the power of rehabilitation to decrease recidivism and promote wellbeing among prison populations. Our modern correctional facilities incorporate amenities such as classrooms, counseling rooms, and workshops to encourage learning and foster a positive mental state. Read more about our commitment to rehabilitation here (link to appropriate market section?).