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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Dutch Open High-Tech Prison

A new prison in Lelystad, the Netherlands, uses state-of-the-art technology to track inmates' every move and even to monitor to monitor their emotional states.

The so-called "Big Brother Prison" tracks inmates through RFID wristbands, ubiquitous cameras and microphones, facial recognition software, and touchscreens that inmates use to organize their daily schedules. In addition to helping guards intervene more quickly to diffuse violence, the technology saves the Dutch government money by allowing the prison to be run with fewer guards. The new prison's estimated cost per prisoner is about $120, versus $175 at conventional prisons.

Source: CNN.com