Contraband Recorder Helps Those In Need Capture Captive Conversations

Contraband Recorder Helps Those In Need Capture Captive Conversations
Design

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

Yi Chen
  • 26 october 2016

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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