We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
79,812 News Articles

Virtual prisons

Go behind closed doors online

Members of the public can now get a feel of what it would be like to be banged up by taking a virtual tour of their local prison. Due to be launched tomorrow, Prisons Online is a government-backed venture aimed at exposing life inside prison walls.

The website will use pictures sound and text to guide viewers through the physical environment of what's normally a well hidden world. Visitors can use the system to maintain contact with offenders, while schools can employ it as an educational tool to keep children on the right side of the law.

"Prisons are by their very nature closed environments which relatively few people ever experience. I hope the site will allow the general public to gain a better understanding of how prisons operate and what it's like inside," said Phil Wheatley, director general of the Prison Service.

The virtual tour is part of the government's drive to use new technology to modernise the justice system and to meet its target of getting all services online by 2006.

Related links
Criminal Justice System


IDG UK Sites

Nokia Lumia 530 review: £60 smartphone offers decent build and performance, awful screen and...

IDG UK Sites

Apps watch: What the NFL can teach UK sports such as cricket and rugby

IDG UK Sites

VFX Emmy: Game of Thrones work garners gong for Rodeo FX

IDG UK Sites

iPhone 6 release date, rumours, video, UK price & images: Video shows 'new, reversable iPhone 6 cha'......