ViRTI Virtual reality for training inmates

Virtual reality for training inmates



The ViRTI project arises from the need to improve the educational environment and expand the training offer for inmates, who generally have limited access to technical facilities because they are in a closed and restricted environment. Thus, ViRTI aims to use virtual reality technologies by creating virtual environments, compensating for the scarcity of resources (such as laboratories, materials and tools) in prison facilities. In addition, by introducing interactive and gamification features in the learning contents provided to inmates, it will be possible to attract more participants and maintain their motivation, thus reducing drop-out rates. With this project, it will be possible to increasingly encourage the application of content based on virtual reality in prisons, which will collaborate with education and training providers for this purpose. In this way, more inmates will benefit from this added value, as they will develop skills and competences, and acquire knowledge about sectors of the economy where there is a scarce workforce, hence increasing their employability.



  • Develop the use of virtual reality technologies for inmates’ training;
  • Determine the conditions for the successful introduction of virtual reality technologies in prison services for the training of prisoners;
  • Motivate inmates to engage in training;
  • Leverage on the interactions enabled by virtual reality to develop the inmates’ basic and transversal competences;
  • Develop guidelines for the use of virtual reality in the training of prisoners.

Expected outcomes

  • Research about virtual reality for education and training in several types of prison and detention establishments (including juvenile facilities)
    • State of the art analysis
    • The potential of virtual reality
    • Specifications that need to be taken into account
      How can virtual reality be used to develop links with the external economic world and, in particular, prepare inmates for the world modern job market?
    • Establishing use cases
  • Virtual reality capsules based on 360° videos with interactive features to be tested with inmates, in France, Spain and Portugal
  • A guide for implementing VR for education and training in prisons, integrating the conclusions of the piloting and key findings from the survey



Lycée Charles et Adrien Dupuy, France



IPS_Innovative Prison Systems, Portugal

SQLearn AE, Greece

CIRE – Centre d’Iniciatives per a la Reinserció, Spain




KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices
Strategic Partnerships for adult education



12/2020 – 11/2022 (24 months)

Supporting inmates in the acquisition and development of basic skills and key competences through virtual reality technologies, improving educational environments and the training offered in EU prisons

Offender Rehabilitation, Information Technology, Training and Development

France, Greece, Portugal and Spain

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