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Views: Former inmate explains how much good would come from removing prison window bars
The psychological imprint of prison bars can have a longer lasting impact than the term served and the image of bars in the free world are synonymous with prison. (Source: https://metro.co.uk/2019/01/11/i-was-in-prison-for-12-years-i-know-how-much-good-would-come-from-removing-prison-window-bars-8330464/)
14th August 2019
Views: How AI can transform hospital revenue cycle management
Many hospitals and health systems are already leveraging AI to improve care, support clinical decisions and boost clinician satisfaction. However, the role of AI in healthcare isn't limited to the clinical experience. The same technology can transform nonclinical processes. (Source:https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/how-ai-can-transform-hospital-revenue-cycle-management-5-thoughts.html)
13th August 2019
New thinking: Inmate Rewards For Respectful Guards Can Help Curb Prison Violence
Prisons can be made safer by granting inmates the opportunity to reward staff for being “respectful, helpful and professional”, according to a new report. (Source:https://rightsinfo.org/inmates-should-reward-respectful-prison-staff/)
13th August 2019
New thinking: AI emerging as healthcare leaders' top toolset for reducing risk
Healthcare leaders working for provider organisations and medical societies see AI as the best emerging technology for reducing risk. Meanwhile they see online media as the riskiest technology. (Source: https://www.aiin.healthcare/topics/business-intelligence/ai-healthcare-leaders-top-toolset-reducing-risk)
12th August 2019
News: Malaysian Government to improve prison-private sector collaboration to tackle overcrowding
The Malaysian Home Ministry is looking to further enhance the Prison Department's existing Corporate Smart Internship (CSI) programme to better improve parolees' reintegration into society and tackle prison overcrowding, as part of the government's ongoing prison reforms. (Source: https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/08/02/home-minister-govt-to-improve-prison-private-sector-collaboration-to-tackle/1776958)
12th August 2019
News: Consortium signs contract for two monorail lines in Egypt
Perfect for congested cities needing a fast and cost-effective mass transit solution, the monorail project in Cario will provide greater mobility for Egyptian citizens. (Source: https://www.intelligenttransport.com/transport-news/85850/consortium-contract-monorail-lines-egypt/)
12th August 2019
Story: prison choirs are transforming lives
Liberty Choir has inspired hundreds of Wandsworth prisoners through 250 weekly sessions where volunteers and prisoners sing alongside one another. Many of those have since escaped the cycle of crime and punishment. (Source:https://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2019/jun/15/prisons-prisoners-reform-choir-rehabilitation-singing-liberty)
12th August 2019
New thinking: California Prisons try Rehab Before Release
California tries new rehabilitation programme before inmates are released. The educational process participants undergo has many parts, with participating inmates acknowledging wrong choices and the value of "self-work." Source: https://www.citywatchla.com/index.php/375-voices/18092-california-prisons-rehab-before-release
7th August 2019
Story: Prisoners Unlearn The Toxic Masculinity That Led To Their Incarceration
A former inmate (in North California) is a facilitator of a prison rehabilitation program that teaches men about gender roles and how ingrained ideas of masculinity have contributed to their violent crimes. GRIP, or Guiding Rage into Power, started at San Quentin State Prison in 2013 and has expanded to five state prisons across California. Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/incarcerated-men-gender-roles-recidivism_n_5d378544e4b004b6adb78912
7th August 2019
News: Group to leverage AI, supercomputers for smart city planning
As the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in governments evolves, researchers are looking to supercomputer modeling to assess how the technology can help predict smart city innovations and impact the future. Source: https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/group-to-leverage-ai-supercomputers-for-smart-city-planning/560168/
7th August 2019
Story: Ghanaians asked to embrace local community justice systems
Ghanaians and Africans encouraged to embrace local community justice systems as an alternative in resolving disputes. (Source: https://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2019/07/28/ghanaians-asked-to-embrace-local-community-justice-systems/)
5th August 2019
News: Scottish transport strategy to be a catalyst for change
The Scottish Government has published a new National Transport Strategy for consultation, which it described as a step-change in the country’s approach to transport for the next 20 years. (Source: http://smarthighways.net/scottish-transport-strategy-to-be-catalyst-for-change/)
5th August 2019
View: Prison reform group calls for end to ‘long-term’ solitary confinement
Two-dozen prison reform activists recently rallied at Department of Corrections headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, pushing for changes to solitary confinement and calling for an inquiry into alleged “abuses” at one corrections facility. (Source:https://papost.org/2019/08/05/prison-reform-group-calls-for-end-to-long-term-solitary-confinement/)
5th August 2019
View: What Britain’s private prisons can teach public ones
Nearly two-fifths of jails are assessed as “of concern” or “serious concern”, the lowest of four ratings, in the latest figures. None are privately run. (source: economist.com)
2nd August 2019
New Thinking: 5G - The catalyst connected cities have been waiting for?
Each new evolution in technology inevitably brings about a chicken-and-egg scenario: will the capability spur application development, or will the development drive demand for increased capability? (source: smartcitiesworld.net)
1st August 2019
News: Dubai introduces VR technology to train drivers
Dubai has become the first government body in the Middle East to use VR technology in driver training and rehabilitation in bid to improve the passenger experience. (source: intelligenttransport.com)
1st August 2019
News: UK’s first secure school to be run by academy trust
The UK’s first secure school – an education-focused alternative to youth jails – is to be run by an academy trust that specialises in schools in deprived areas. (source: theguardian.com)
25th July 2019
New Thinking: New wave of smart cities has arrived - and they’re nothing like science fiction
An abandoned mine shaft beneath the town of Mansfield, England is an unlikely place to shape the future of cities. But here, researchers from the nearby University of Nottingham are planning to launch a “deep farm” that could produce ten times as much food as farms above ground.(source: theconversation.com)
22nd July 2019
View: In a world of autonomous vehicles, this is why we'll need more public transport than ever
The media is fascinated by autonomous vehicles (AVs), in particular their safety and when or if they will arrive en masse. A bigger and more important question is how AVs will work together as fleets and whether they work with public transport to move more people with fewer vehicles to solve our urban congestion and pollution challenges. (source: weforum.com)
22nd July 2019
UK Science Minister Speech: Becoming an Innovation Nation - Driving up private investment into research and development
"It is a great pleasure to be here at this event, to celebrate the successes of the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund, and to reveal the winners of the latest round of the scheme"
19th July 2019
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