Designer Marianna Mezhibovkaya created the device to help prison inmates capture crucial evidence of abuse

Marianna Mezhibovkaya, a designer completing her master’s degree at the School of Visual Arts in New York, has imagined a device that could tackle the issue of inmate abuse at the hands of correctional officers. Misconduct and excessive force against inmates has been a reoccurring problem that receives little media attention. Mezhibovkaya studied a catalog of products that prisoners are allowed to own, which include transparent personal radios but not recording devices. Soon, she came up with a prototype gadget called Chronicle, which is essentially a recorder disguised as a radio.

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