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Scheme Completion


To save money on guards, and to positively engage the public, the Department of Corrections decides to crowdsource the monitoring of US prisoners and (for example) allow the public to vote on which prisoner currently in solitary could be free to go back to the regular jail.

This scheme features a website that would have video streams showing individual prisoners in solitary, with “time spent” listed underneath (ranging from a few weeks to decades) and a button to report bad or good behavior (thumbs up or thumbs down). Prisoners who reach a certain number of up votes are ready to go back to the regular population. Users can also monitor inmates in the general population and earn rewards for alerting officials of prisoner misconduct that goes unnoticed by guards. The site will raise awareness of how arbitrary choices actually determine who goes to solitary and for how long, as well as highlight inmate abuse overall.