In a world where the U.S. government spends three times more on prisons than schools, you have probably asked yourself “Why are there so many people in prison?”
Many factors and influences contribute to this colossal issue.
Today, we are here to bring you an innovative VR startup Virtual Rehab which plans to use VR as a disruptive means to reduce the number of repeated offenses and re-incarceration rates.
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.
ince 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).
Dr. Raji Wahidy, the company’s founder and CEO, entrepreneur believes in the amazing capabilities and potential in the future. Especially in rehabilitation and education for prisoners, basically preparing them for an improved life outside of incarceration. The main goal is reducing the number of repeat offenses and re-entry prison rates, and easing the burden on taxpayers. Virtual Rehab was founded on the basis of this belief.
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