Rethinking Prisons Through Digital Technology

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In 2011, the Supreme Court ruled that overcrowding had become such a problem in California prisons, the state system violated the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment. 

That case highlighted the problem many states face when it comes to incarceration: severe overcrowding at a high cost. This weekend, a panel at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas examined how prisons can use digital technology to ameliorate these issues, and provide improved rehabilitation for incarcerated Americans.

Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's New Tech City, explains how technology could revolutionize the prison system.