Virtual Worlds for Prison Inmates--That could work!
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Virtual Worlds for Prison Inmates--That could work!

I was at a hotel in Portland the other day. I was there to witness a real-life first meeting between two individuals that had met 15 yrs ago online and then again recently met in virtual worlds. (The meeting went well by the way.)

I let them alone in the hotel room to talk and went downstairs to the workout area and the business center. It was there that I met a gal who was from the Oregon prison system. Her job was to help orient inmates to the world outside. A particularly difficult thing to do since the world is moving so fast some of them never have had cell phones.

Introductions are always difficult for me since no one can grasp what it is I do. Human/Computer Interface Psychology Consulting.. ummm 

Let me show you what I have done for NIOSH.  (Video here) I showed the YouTube video of Cafe Bumbles which is suppose to assist teenagers with the transition into the work force. Her eyes lit up!! She could see how this would help with getting the inmates ready for the outside world.

I also had a revelation. These men knew they were being punished for crimes, but some were there for life, with no hope. How absolutely frustrating that would exist without hope. I know about and teach about immersion and how freeing and engaging such a state of being is... 

There is Open Sim, that we can set up within the prison system that does not have to be connected outside. A virtual world where the inmates can create for themselves their own world. No longer engaging only with the reality of bars and other inmates but one that is totally free to be what is envisioned. We can have a different world for every mindset. For the inmates that really only want to blow things up and let off steam to the ones that want to understand how to get back into main stream reality. This would be an awesome use of virtual worlds!

Now that leaves me to try and contact and explain the cost/benefit capabilities of virtual worlds and the state of being that minds can take immersed in new worlds and present it to bureaucrats . Umm, there are always those hurdles.. smile.

I am very familiar with the disability communities within virtual worlds and how the perception is one of.. "This IS their life!" So why couldn't those behind bars create their own world. One that would not mean you have to castrate others to express your desires or dominance. Allow for visions and understanding of what someone would do with unlimited freedom. Of course this would also allow those assisting to understand the true mindset of those they plan on releasing out into society again.

It really is a perfect place to allow the exploration of the mind. To release the mind to explore. It would be perfect in the fact that the hopelessness of their day to day existence could now be redirected toward the creation of a new world. What would they come up with? How much of a release is their in creativity and inventing. Could it end up being a real life skill set they come out with?

Anyway that is where my mind is at the moment. Creating a plan and a business proposal that just might redirect the under-directed.. hmmm

Would welcome your thoughts.

5 Comments to Virtual Worlds for Prison Inmates--That could work!:

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Thomas Adam Koszoru on Saturday, March 31, 2012 9:40 PM
I have some wonderful ideas that will work with your concept, We have met in SL, and my name is Inertal Voom.
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Pamala Clift on Monday, April 09, 2012 10:23 AM
Oooh excellent Thomas. I am sorry for the delay in replying. I will IM you in-world. The book has taken my focus. I think we do need to work on this. Look forward to discussing your ideas and thank you so much for your comments. I never really know if anyone reads them without contributions.

Amaranthim Talon on Saturday, December 29, 2012 3:30 PM
As for the reorientation for when they have finished serving their time and need to adjust to the outside world, sure- I think that is a good thing since they will need to make their way in life and the easier the transition the better so they do not fall back on what ever got them there in the first place. BUT - to make their prison stay easier? Hell no- Perhaps I misunderstood your point above but seriously- they got themselves in there. They don't need to have mental escapes. They need to be punished. Period. What will they come up with indeed- like prisoners aren't pampered enough now- our tax dollars at work- really Pam- wow- /me shakes head.
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Pamala Clift on Friday, January 25, 2013 10:50 AM
Thanks for your viewpoint Am, I would have answered sooner but have had a heck of a time with my internet access. The reason that I thought the world would make things MORE functional for prisoners, is because the psychology of seeing yourself in 3rd person actually lets you see where you do things wrong faster. It is a punishment to be behind bars, without women, drink, fun... but if they can watch themselves duplicating the same mistakes in virtual then they might be able to desire to correct it.

georgette sarees on Saturday, June 01, 2013 1:00 AM
“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.”
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