Virtual reality gives inmates (and staff) access to virtual versions of training scenarios usually not possible in prisons; its rehabilitative power is related to recidivism reduction, costs savings and better social reintegration.
Virtual reality for prisoners’ psychosocial rehabilitation purposes has the power to leverage realistic images, sounds, sensations and effects in an attempt of replicating a real-life environment.
Virtual reality surely benefits low-level learners and those with language barriers, covering a wide range of learning needs. Besides 360º immersive career and vocational training, virtual reality can also be used to create tailor-made learning plans, whilst having the advantage of letting users learn at their own paces.
Beyond educational, citizenship and career skills, virtual reality has also proven successful in healthcare, where it has been used to overcome cases of acrophobia, post traumatic stress disorder, along with other mental health conditions. It can be used to deliver cognitive behavioural therapy to help inmates change negative thoughts and behaviour, for instance. It has also been used successfully for reduction of stress, anxiety and phobias.
By leveraging such advancements in virtual reality technology, it’s possible to reduce the number of repeated offenses and re-incarceration rates, thus fostering wider social good and driving positive change within the global community.
Along with our partner, Virtual Rehab, we are building upon the successes of virtual reality technology to educate, train, and address various offences to rehabilitate inmates, improve their mental health and emotional intelligence so as to prepare their social reintegration.