Hi-tech jail opens in The Netherlands

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The hi-tech prison in Lelystad (The Netherlands) opens, and locks, its doors to low-risk inmates this week.

In the 150-capacity prison, inmates wear electronic bracelets and are divided into cells of six - where they eat, sleep and do their own washing and cooking. The tags and touch-screen computers at the end of their beds allow them to organise their own daily schedules - with a choice of sports, recreation, personal development, education and outdoor activities.

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The tag sends a signal every two seconds, so if a prisoner is not where he should be, an alarm will sound and he will lose out on credits for good behaviour. These can be used towards privileges such as extra phone calls, visiting time or the chance to swap cells.

Camera surveillance in the prison is only in public spaces. However, cells are equipped with microphones that relay information to the prison’s control centre for analysis by emotion recognition software. The software uses a combination of sound volume and rhythm to alert guards when a violent confrontation between inmates may be taking place.

"If they are watching a football match and there is a goal and they are shouting, it will not react," says Justice ministry spokesman Hans Janssens. "But if there is an intense discussion or fight, or aggressive screaming, the system will detect this."

Via BBC News. Image.

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Funny (is that the right word?) to see that this high tech jail is openning right were one of the first and best hacker meeting happened, something like 13 years ago (!). Right here, in Lelystad, the "Hacking at the End of the Universe" took place in 1993 Read More

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Funny (is that the right word?) to see that this high tech jail is openning right were one of the first and best hacker meeting happened, something like 13 years ago (!). Right here, in Lelystad, the "Hacking at the End of the Universe" took place in 1993 Read More

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5 Comments:

Definetely better than the average inhuman jail, but a jail nonetheless...

wow, they seem to live better than i did in college. yay dutch!

Funny (is that the right word?) to see that this high tech jail is openning right were one of the first and best hacker meeting happened, something like 13 years ago (!).

Right here, in Lelystad, the "Hacking at the End of the Universe" took place in 1993, foreseeing the developpements of network, security measures and ways to defeat them for mass liberation of people against oppressive technologies.

Well... what a strange coincidence.

What I could only say is that this seems to be one more direction toward a self regulated, autonomous prison system.

Will it downscale the costs of running these prison-factories that "use" 3 million american inmates (mostly black people)?

Will that enhance the profit of these companies dedicated to running prison-plants?

Will that offer a solution the state of french prisons which are deteriorating so fast, and yet, no political decision for a problem know for at least 10 years and witnessed by congress investigation here in France?

Or will it be a solution for private companies taking over this "ill-managed" french prison system, justifying clearly that privately-owned prison, liberal approach be the solution when the power in place has good interest in said private sector?

Well well well.... for sure, one damn interesting sector of the society if you consider that this is considered one of the emerging "market".

Shame on us, the Stick is getting more prevalent than Education.

It's interesting how a scenario like that closes in to something like computer games although it's obviously a world away. The use of credit systems that allow you to do certain things if you manage to stick to expectations which have been imposed by the designers (whoever that might have been in this case).

I'm wondering how motivating something like this proves to be when used by badass criminals. Do they really accumulate as much credits as they can because they're smart, or will they stick to some romantic ideal and play the James Dean-card, smashing in the fancy equipment?

Its about time we get jails like that. Jail is not about rehabilitation and vacations.

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