Virtual Rehab’s vision is to reduce the number of repeated offenses and re-incarceration rates through inmates’ virtual reality correctional services and rehabilitation programs.
Every person in life deserves a second chance. Prisoners are no exception to this rule. In fact, they are the ones that are in most dire need for help, support, and development to become improved citizens upon their release. This can only be realized through correctional and rehabilitation programs that will prepare them to lead their future lives in a positive manner in order to avoid the possibility of repeated offenses.
The Global Prison Population total is currently at 10.5 million (out of which 2.2 million are in the U.S. and 1.6 million are in China) according to the International Centre for Prison Studies (October 2016). The FY 2016 US Budget allocated is $8.8 Billion for Prisons & Detention (according to the U.S. Department of Justice FY 2016 Budget Request) along with an approximate FY 2016 Global Budget of $35.2 Billion.
Since the war on drugs started in 1970, America’s prison population has surged 700 percent to 2.4 million according to Business Insider’s “13 Signs that America’s Prison System is Out of Control” (April, 2012).
As published by Stephanie Slifer (April 23 2014) on CBS news, about 68% of 405,000 prisoners released in 30 states were arrested for a new crime within three years of their release from prison, and 77% were arrested within five years, according to a report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).
In addition, according to the Recidivism of State Prisoners report, within five years of release, 82% of property offenders were arrested for a new crime, compared to 77% of drug offenders, 74% of public order offenders and 71% of violent offenders.
At Virtual Rehab, we are developing a powerful tool (patent pending) that would rehabilitate rather than just punish. The scope of this tool includes Formal Education, Vocational Job Training, Psychological Rehabilitation, and Correctional Services Rehabilitation.
We believe that putting a kid in the corner does not teach them how to be a better person but rather teaches them not to get caught.
Virtual Rehab does not only aim to leverage the advancement in technology (Virtual Reality) to revolutionize the way inmates and prisons are currently under operation, but also to give back and deliver upon its moral obligation towards its global community.
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