Virtual reality, reentry combine at VSP – Inside CDCR

Creative Acts brings real-world scenarios inside prison walls

Creative Acts, in partnership with Sankofa.org, recently conducted an intensive Virtual Reality Reentry training program at Valley State Prison (VSP). The nonprofit provided 20 Oculus Virtual Reality (VR) Headsets, loaded with daily experiences, many incarcerated people say cause stress about returning to the community.

Through VR programs, Creative Acts staff address the issues people face when returning to the community after serving lengthy sentences. These include shopping at a supermarket, driving a car, and interviewing for a job.

Creative Acts creates content to simulate real-world scenarios. The program gives practical, emotional, physical and psychological resources for successful reentry. Their mission is to use the power of the arts to heal trauma, build community, raise power, and center the voices of the current and formerly incarcerated.

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