Journal Entry 

 Sunday, December 31, 2023: Technology Bridges 

Michael Santos

Michael Santos

Build Bridges with Technology

The integration of technology in the correctional environment is not just a futuristic concept; it’s becoming a present reality that holds immense potential for transforming lives. Attending the American Correctional Association conference this summer, I was introduced to innovative technological advancements, including the prospect of robotic officers and teachers in prisons. This article explores how such technological advancements can bridge the incarceration gap, aligning with the principles of our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison.”

Technological Innovations in Prisons

The advent of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) open enormous opportunities to improve outcomes of our nation’s prisons. Imagine robotic teachers equipped with AI. They could provide personalized tutoring and facilitate access to a wealth of knowledge and skills training. This is not a distant dream but a near-future reality that can radically enhance educational opportunities for people in prison.

The Power of Education and Technology

During my incarceration, I lacked access to advanced technology, but I devoted myself to reading, learning, and participating in every available educational program. This self-driven education was crucial in preparing me for life post-release. With the upcoming integration of technology like AI and robotics, the potential for self-improvement and preparation within prison walls is exponentially greater. I encourage people to work toward developing better verbal skills, better writing skills, and better math skills. In an era of AI, those skills will be more crucial than ever.

Embracing Technological Opportunities

  • Adaptive Learning: Robotic teachers and AI can offer adaptive learning experiences, catering to individual educational needs and pacing, which is particularly beneficial in a prison setting.
  • Access to Information: These technologies can provide access to vast resources and knowledge, breaking down the traditional barriers of incarceration.
  • Skill Development: With the help of AI and robotics, people in prison can learn and develop skills relevant to the evolving job market, enhancing their chances of successful reintegration.

Participating in ‘Preparing for Success after Prison

Our course is designed to align with these technological advancements, preparing you for a future where technology plays a key role in education and rehabilitation. We focus on building a foundation of knowledge and skills that can be further enhanced with the help of emerging technologies.

Invitation to Share and Participate

Join us in this journey of preparation and empowerment. Share your progress, challenges, and aspirations with us at [email protected]. Include “Request a Book” in the subject line to receive a book from our resources, such as “Earning Freedom: Conquering a 45-Year Sentence” or “Success after Prison,” to aid your learning journey.

Critical Thinking

  1. Technology Exploration: Reflect on how technology, especially AI and robotics, can aid your educational goals. What subjects or skills would you like to learn using these technologies?
  2. Future Planning: Think about the job market in the next five to ten years. How can you use technology to prepare for emerging career opportunities?
  3. Personal Development: Consider how technology can enhance your personal development. This could be through learning new languages, coding, or other skills that interest you.

In conclusion, “The Role of Technology in Bridging the Incarceration Gap” is about harnessing the power of technological advancements to transform the educational landscape within prisons. By embracing these changes and preparing accordingly, you can build a strong foundation for success upon release, turning challenges into opportunities for growth and empowerment.

Respectfully,

Michael Santos
Founder, Prison Professors