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Virtual reality for training inmates

An initiative to improve the effectiveness of training in prisons through the use of innovative and immersive tools

Training opportunities are limited in prisons because of the lack of access to work environments, equipment and technical premises that cannot be multiplied, in particular in the smaller detention centers. For inmates, the advantages of participating to education and training activities are multiple. In particular, they increase their chances to be employed when they are free, knowing that access to employment is one of the key conditions for a sound rehabilitation in autonomy, while reducing the risk of recidivism. Virtual Reality for Training Inmates (ViRTI) wants to create virtual environments to compensate a lack of laboratories, material or tools and to introduce interactive features and gamification in the learning content, to attract more participants and to maintain their motivation thus reducing dropping out rates.

Application will be developped in the construction sector, to raise awareness of the different jobs.

Objectives

  • To motivate prisoners to engage in training;
  • To provide training environments that are not accessible in prisons;
  • To develop basic and transversal skills thanks to the interactions permitted by virtual reality.

Activities

  • Survey the use of virtual reality for educational and training purposes and in closed environments
  • Analyse what can be done in prisons with the existing technologies and products;
  • Determine the conditions for a successful inclusion of virtual reality;
  • Develop and test in prisons virtual reality capsules based on 360° videos integrating interactive features in the construction sector
  • Elaborate guidelines addressed to the various stakeholders (administration, trainer, funding organisations) for using virtual reality to train inmates.