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From monitoring inmates on suicide watch to detecting cryptic messages in phone calls, artificial intelligence is reshaping the way prisons are run, a Council of Europe director said Wednesday.
"Artificial intelligence and digital technology are not only here to stay, but can also help in offender management," said Jan Kleijssen, director of the council's department dealing with crime and information society.
Close - Conference - Prison - Probation - Directors
At the close of an annual conference of prison and probation directors from across the 47-member state alliance, he rolled off a series of pilots underway in countries such as Belgium, Britain and the Netherlands.
One such project involves "analysing speech by telephone and trying to detect patterns which are unusual, to determine whether cryptic messages are being sent to the outside," he told AFP in Cyprus.
Concerns - Prisoner - Rights - Kleijssen - Schemes
Allaying concerns about prisoner rights, Kleijssen said the schemes being introduced are in areas where inmates are already being monitored...
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