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THE IMPACT OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES ON PRISON INSTITUTIONS

Abstract

Faced with increasing prison populations, limited capacity, and rising prison construction costs, prison administrators have intensified their search for new innovative and creative technologies and solutions .[1] The part of that entity is the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). New technological innovations have been developed to monitor and to improve the performance of the prison institutions, but we know little about how and why ICT are adopted, and the consequences. The aim of the paper is to provide an examination of a wide range of ICT that have applications in the areas of prison institutions. We provide a description of recent ICT solutions, and then emphasise the impact of new ICT on operation of prison institutions. We specifically discuss three key social groups in prisons – (1) prison administration, (2) prison staff, (3) prisoners and the impact of the use of new ICT on them respectively. They are the fundamental and important nods and conduits through which the main information and financial resources are circulating in the prison network. Finally, we would outline any other developing ICT that can be used in the future.

THE IMPACT OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES ON PRISON INSTITUTIONS
Dr William Lockitt

Dr William Lockitt

Dr Lockitt has over forty-five years’ experience in education and has written several publications highlighting the effective use of multimedia flexible and open learning. Since 2010 Dr Lockitt has been the strategic policy Director for G2G Communities CIC and in 2011 managed the implementation of the first not for profit, community focused LEGO Education Innovation Studio in the UK.