Virtual Rehab's evidence-based solution uses Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, & Blockchain technology for Pain Management, Prevention of Substance Use Disorders, and Rehabilitation of Repeat Offenders. Hope you are doing well and enjoying our recent updates. Well, today, we have a very special update for all of you. It won't be a lengthy one but definitely something to be extremely proud of -- not only to Virtual Rehab but also to everyone who is supporting us throughout this exciting journey. Ladies and Gentlemen, are you ready for the BIG news?
Virtual Rehab's evidence-based solution uses Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, & Blockchain technology for Pain Management, Prevention of Substance Use Disorders, and Rehabilitation of Repeat Offenders. There are approximately 255 million individuals suffering from substance use disorders and roughly $100 billion is being spent on addiction treatment worldwide. In addition, according to the International Centre for Prison Studies, the global prison population is currently set at 10.5 million. Prison budgets are also currently set at roughly $35.2 billion dollars worldwide. These numbers are huge and both costly to the governments, tax payers, and society.
Virtual Rehab's evidence-based solution uses Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, & Blockchain technology for Pain Management, Prevention of Substance Use Disorders, and Rehabilitation of Repeat Offenders. We hope that you enjoyed the first one, where we provided you with a quick background of Virtual Rehab. Now, in this article, we will tell you more about the Virtual Rehab all-encompassing solution. However, before we do so, let's recap a couple of pointers. Yes, some detail will be repetitive, and new to those who haven't read the first article, so all good.
New Mexico, US - Twenty-four kilometres south of Santa Fe, the now defunct Penitentiary of New Mexico, or "Old Main", sits in managed decay, its imposing exterior rising above the plains that stretch southeastwards from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which loom in the background of the state's capital city. It was here, on the early morning of February 2, 1980, that a group of inmates from an overcrowded dormitory overpowered guards during the nightly headcount, setting in motion one of the most brutal riots in the United States' prison history. "It was pure insanity," says retired criminal defence lawyer and former inmate Gary Nelson, describing to Al Jazeera the apocalyptic scene he witnessed as inmates - some high on prescription drugs and armed with assorted power tools - began a murderous rampage that would leave 33 fellow inmates dead in 36 hours. The riot would shock the nation and implicate the New Mexico Correctional Department (NMCD) in years of poor prison conditions, poor officer training, misuse or overuse of segregation, severe overcrowding and mistreatment of prisoners, according to the official Attorney General report on the riot. "We really dropped the ball on this one," says Trinidad Lucero, an officer with NMCD who spoke to Al Jazeera last summer from inside Old Main. While a portion of the prison was closed down after the riots, most of Old Main would remain open for another 18 years, a dark stain on the state's prison system.
The country's most famous inmate is free. O.J. Simpson's release highlights the challenges of leaving prison, saddled with multiple felony convictions. It's hard to re-enter society, but it might be easier for those returning citizens, like Simpson, whose NFL pension and luxury homes, along with the prospect of the new iPhone, await him, compared with the likely transition for those who will return to poverty. Chandra Bozelko (@aprisondiary) is a 2017 John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim criminal justice reporting fellow and writes the award-winning blog Prison Diaries. I had a safe, warm, and free place to stay as long as I needed to.