Robots likely to patrol Taiwan’s prisons in future: Deputy Minister of Justice

Chen gave a press conference on prison reform progress Monday

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/02/25
By: Ryan Drillsma, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Deputy Minister of Justice Chen Ming-tang (陳明堂) said Monday Taiwan’s prisons are likely to see robotic patrol systems in the future, CNA reports.

The minister said a shortage in manpower will soon force Taiwan to seek the assistance of technology. Prisons will have to adopt a “smart model,” in which human patrol guards are replaced by robots and drones are used for extra surveillance purposes.

Chen made the comments during a press conference on Monday, when he presented the ministry’s third biannual progress report following the August 12 2017 Presidential Office National Conference on Judicial Reform.

The minister said the prison system is much more open now than it used to be, with a heavier focus on management and protecting inmate rights. While punishment used to be the end goal, a heavier focus is now given to reformative measures, and inmates are treated just like other nationals but in prison uniforms.

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