Digital solutions can address broad correctional opportunities with meaningful solutions that integrate rehabilitation, the reduction of recidivism, enhanced risk assessment, and the reduction of costs.
FREMONT, CA: Digital technologies are sea changing the prison system. The prison of the future will meet inmates' needs during their sentences, and it will prepare prisoners more effectively for life. And it will be run with improved efficiency of a for-profit business. Simultaneously, these technologies will also keep more low-level, nonviolent offenders out of prison primarily. Let us look at how technology addresses the hurdles facing prisons today and how it will revamp the prison of tomorrow.
Years of research have demonstrated that evidence-based risk assessment can result in matched rehabilitation programs contributing to crime reduction. Simultaneously, innovations in information technology and methods to information management are allowing significant enhancements in both risk assessment and intervention methodologies. There are two available tools to handle this emerging complexity within the corrections space: evidence-based reintegration policies and the effective utilization of technology. This paper offers a high-level discussion on the broader path for corrections and how digital technology, and more particularly, Data Analytics and Predictive Analysis, will drive change for corrections. This technology will provide solutions that will allow corrections to rethink their role and the services that they provide.
One of the vital defining factors of digital technology is its scope. It addresses the integration points between an organization and external platforms and can comprise technologies that fall outside an organization's control. Perhaps the major challenge with moving towards digital is how everything becomes correlated. Recidivism reduction, a metric of corrections success, is linked to offender programs' effectiveness, which in turn relies on the accurate evaluation of offender risk levels, recidivism, needs, and reintegration potential. Traditionally the information used to assess offenders has been limited to data located and accessible on offender files.
Digital technology allows assessments to include more vital information in a systematic method, which will result in more accurate assessments that are developed to the individual offender and their circumstances. In this way, digital technology can enable more precise referrals to rehabilitation programs and services, which will have a positive effect on public safety.