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May2018
Creating Better Opportunities by Investing in Inmate Education By: Dr. Turner Nashe, Jr., Senior Vice President of Education Services at GTL May 16, 2018 RESTON, Va., – (PR Newswire) It is well-known that the U.S. has high incarceration rates compared to other nations. But what is ... Read More

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Apr2018
Inmate Education is the Key to Reducing Recidivism Rates Nationwide and Worth the Investment By: Dr. Turner Nashe, Jr., Senior Vice President of Education Services at GTL April 16, 2018 RESTON, Va., – (PR Newswire) Prison reform discussions include many topics, but one of the key components ... Read More

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Apr2018
Revolutionary Request2Call Feature Connects Inmates with Loved Ones and Increases Security By: Kelly Lindman, Director, Consumer Channels at GTL April 9, 2018 RESTON, Va., – (PR Newswire) In correctional facilities nationwide, an inmate attempt to reach a loved one over the phone can be a time-consuming and ... Read More

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Mar2018
Providing Gaming Options in Facilities Increases Security and Rehabilitation March 5, 2018 As a leading innovator of corrections technology, GTL has long ... Read More

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Mar2018
Video Visitation Helps Facilities Avoid Flu Outbreak March 1, 2018 The 2017-18 flu season has been a particularly bad one. It has caused ... Read More

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Feb2018
GTL Data IQ: A Unique Security Aid Mitch Volkart, GTL Senior Product Manager February 15, 2018 From Sir Author Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes on the page to Adrian Monk on the small screen to Making a Murderer on your streaming device, for centuries the public has been fascinated ... Read More

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Feb2018
GTL and Telmate Provide One Powerful Upgrade for Community Corrections Chuck Geveden, Telmate Strategic Account Executive February 12, 2018 RESTON, Va., – (... Read More

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Jan2018
Connecting Inmates and Friends and Family Members More Frequently: The Mission Behind GTL’s Request2Call™ Feature January 17, 2018 Multiple studies have shown that family ... Read More

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Jan2018
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words Kelly Lindman, Director of Product Management, Customer Channels at GTL. January 10, 2018 As a parent, ... Read More

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Jan2018
12 Months of Progress: Leadership and Evolution Matt Caesar, Executive Vice President – Product & Technology, GTL January 8, 2018 RESTON, Va., – (PR Newswire) The last 12 months have been particularly significant for the GTL team. As the needs of our industry changed, we spared no ... Read More

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Jan2018
How Far We’ve Come: 2017 A Year of Innovation January 3, 2018 At the end of 2016, our CEO Brian Oliver said he was “excited about the expertise that we have brought on board and look forward to the products, technology, and services GTL will bring to our ... Read More

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Dec2017
GTL Receives ASTORS Awards for Corrections Technology Solutions December 20, 2017 (PR Newswire) Reston, Va. – GTL, a leader in corrections technology and ... Read More

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Dec2017
Being Home for Christmas Via Video Visitation By: Brian Deuster, Product Manager, Video Initiatives, GTL December 18, 2017 Family ties and visits are critical for ... Read More

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Nov2017
New Features on Inmate Call Manager – Communicating Changes to Customers By: Eric Gonzalez, Executive Director, Inmate Telephones/Intel Tools/Training November 30, 2017 RESTON, Va., – (PR ... Read More

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Nov2017
We Must Help Each Other Find Humanity November 22, 2017 Being incarcerated is challenging, but it can be acutely challenging during the holiday season. The holidays are about being with loved ones. But for inmates and their loved ones who are apart, it takes a lot to get a feel ... Read More

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Nov2017
Keeping Calm and Carrying On: How Making Choices and Listening to Music Can Improve Inmate Behavior By: Brian Peters, Vice President – Facility Product Management November 8, 2017 (PR Newswire) ... Read More

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Nov2017
What’s in Your Newsfeed? By: Brian Peters, Vice President – Facility Product Management November 1, 2017 GTL understands the importance of digital literacy in reducing recidivism. That’s why our tablets give inmates the chance to read, listen to music, access legal resources, and connect with their families. But ... Read More

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Sep2017
GTL helps connect customers in South Carolina, Florida, and Puerto Rico impacted by Hurricane Irma by providing free phone calls. September 9, 2017 Inmates in areas affected by Hurricane Irma will be provided free five-minute calls through September 12. This will help those incarcerated in potentially impacted states ... Read More

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Sep2017
GTL helps connect customers in Texas impacted by Hurricane Harvey by providing free phone calls through the Labor Day holiday. September 2, 2017 GTL will provide free five-minute calls to inmates at the Galveston, Gonzales, Jefferson, Karnes, Montgomery, Orange and Rusk county correctional facilities through September 4. This will help ... Read More

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Aug2017
GTL’s Education Solutions Can Break the Cycle of Recidivism By: Dr. Turner Nashe, Senior Vice President, Education Services, GTL PRNewsWire – The United States incarcerates more people per capita than any other country in the world. Over 7.6 million people in America are currently incarcerated, on probation, ... Read More

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Jul2017
Detecting and Eradicating Contraband Cell Phones is a Matter of Public Safety Jeffrey B. Haidinger, President & Chief Operating Officer, GTL PRNewsWire – In 2010, former Corrections Captain Robert Johnson was shot six times in an attempted contract killing orchestrated via a contraband cell phone. ... Read More

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Jul2017
GTL Takes Data Security Seriously to Keep Our Customers Safe Jason Marass, Information Security Director, GTL PRNewsWire – In an ever-evolving and rapidly changing digital world, more of our private information is available for hackers to access and manipulate. The failure of companies to secure data across all ... Read More

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Jun2017
GTL: Technology in Motion Tour Makes an Impact at the Annual Mock Prison Riot Vinnie M. Mascarenhas, Communications Manager, GTL PRNewsWire -Since 1997, a decommissioned penitentiary in Wheeling, West Virginia, has played host to a unique international event for the corrections community called the “Mock Prison ... Read More

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Jun2017
At GTL, we understand why people are hesitant to invest in education for inmates. People often ask, “Why should I pay for prisoners to get a college education, while I’m living paycheck-to-paycheck?” Our response is that educating our inmates saves taxpayer money that would be otherwise spent on the costs ... Read More

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May2017
GTL: The Launch of Technology in Motion Kirk Vespestad, Director of Marketing, GTL PRNewsWire – I am very fortunate to work at a company that invests in cutting-edge technology and attracts and retains industry professionals with the ability to leverage such technology for the benefit of its customers. ... Read More

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Apr2017
GTL Inspire® inmate tablets are secure communication devices built to meet the rigors of a corrections environment Matt Ford, Product Manager, Mobility Platforms, GTL PRNewsWire – GTL believes in the philosophy that keeping inmates connected to their friends and family members is vital ... Read More

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Mar2017
By: Scott Hoostal – Associate Product Manager, GTL GTL’s touchscreen-based multi-service unit, known as the Flex Link, has officially become Underwriters Laboratory (UL) Component Certified. GTL’s Flex Link allows correctional facilities to deliver a diverse set of services to ... Read More

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Mar2017
By: Brian Deuster, Product Manager, Video Initiatives, GTL   Reston, Virginia – March 6, 2017 – PRNewsWire -  GTL Video Visitation technology has spread rapidly across the corrections industry in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. With secure on premise and remote visitation service, GTL Video Visitation ... Read More

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Feb2017
By: John Lowry, Senior Product Manager, Product Management, GTL Reston, Virginia – February 28, 2017 – PRNewswire – Dynamic Imaging has been a GTL partner for over seven years. This close relationship has allowed us to introduce new and constantly evolving technologies. In ... Read More

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Jul2016
By: Vinnie Mascarenhas On July 11, 2016, Davidson County (TN) Sheriff Daron Hall announced the culmination of negotiations with Global Tel*Link (GTL), implementing some of the lowest inmate phone call rates in the nation and the lowest in the state for ... Read More

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May2016
By Vinnie Mascarenhas, Communications Manager, Marketing - For the first time, non-custodial parents in Virginia have a new option for paying child support thanks to a unique partnership between TouchPay, a subsidiary of GTL and the Virginia Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE). This first-of-its kind arrangement in Virginia ... Read More

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Apr2016
By Garth Johnson, Senior Vice President, Operations, GTL At Global Tel*Link, we constantly strive to improve our hardware and software to provide the highest quality service possible. This includes supplying patches and software updates through our existing wired systems and replacing hardware to keep pace with advances in technology. ... Read More

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Feb2016
For families and correctional facilities alike, internet video visitation is a welcome supplement to traditional methods of visitation in our nation’s correctional facilities by Brian Deuster – Product Manager – Video Initiatives Internet video visitation has expanded rapidly through U.S. correctional facilities as a complement to traditional methods of visitation. ... Read More

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Feb2016
by Steve Hodge – Senior VP – Research and Development In 2015, Global Tel*Link (GTL) experienced unparalleled success against industry rival Securus Technologies in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Utilizing a relatively new patent review system ... Read More

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Jan2016
by Kay Byfield – Marketing Manager Last month, one of our account executives in the Mid-Atlantic region, asked me to write a newsletter article to submit to the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) publication, County Biz. In anticipation of pending legislation, my colleague wanted to build ... Read More

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Dec2015
GTL’s payment kiosks help free up staff and increase revenue for Michigan’s 36th District Courtby Ron Meadows – Payment Services Product Manager In March 2014, GTL installed four payment kiosks in Michigan’s 36th ... Read More

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Creating Better Opportunities by Investing in Inmate Education
By: Dr. Turner Nashe, Jr., Senior Vice President of Education Services at GTL

May 16, 2018

RESTON, Va., – (PR Newswire) It is well-known that the U.S. has high incarceration rates compared to other nations. But what is lesser-known is just how high the recidivism rate is compared to other developed countries. In the U.S., 76.6% of prisoners are re-arrested within five years. In Norway, by contrast, the recidivism rate is 20%. New prison reform programs and initiatives are focusing on ways to lower the recidivism rate, including using education and rehabilitation programs to help inmates re-integrate into society once released.

GTL- How Educating Inmates Can Stop the Revolving Door of Prisons: The impact of education can put inmates on a path towards a better, more productive life. See what former inmates and corrections educators say about the importance of providing educational programs to inmates.

The majority of individuals who enter prison will be released. Yet little has been done to ensure they are ready to survive and thrive in the outside world. Research shows that 70–85% of prisoners return to prison because of two reasons – lack of education and lack of vocational skills. Educational programs provide opportunities for inmates to create new paths after incarceration, re-establish themselves in society, and find success on the outside. Such programs are key in making sure inmates can support themselves, and, in turn, give back to the community.

GTL’s Rehabilitative Education solutions are provided to inmates during incarceration through a Learning Management System that supplies credentialed education content on personal tablets. The tablets are used by inmates to take courses, complete degrees, and finish certifications. The goal is to provide inmates the ability to function better once released, get a good job, and stay out of prison. The numbers support this initiative. Education drastically reduces the likelihood that inmates will reoffend after being released and return to prison. The recidivism rate for inmates with a bachelor’s degree, for example, drops to 5.6%.

Inmate education and rehabilitation is becoming more and more a part of public conversation and even legislative action. The Prison Reform and Redemption Act is an example of legislation that is attempting to help the transition from prison to freedom by offering educational support, vocational skills development, substance abuse rehabilitation, mental health care, and other programs.

Education and other self-improvement programs in prisons allow inmates to learn valuable skills so they can become productive members of society once released. Anything that can be done to help advance that goal is well worth the effort.

Dr. Turner Nashe, Jr. is an entrepreneur, inventor, innovator, and recognized leader in building technology that facilitates delivery of educational and entertainment content to security sensitive industries such as correctional facilities, hospitals, and schools. His inventions have created innovative solutions for emerging eco-systems that are revolutionizing traditional approaches to the delivery of educational content within secure facilities. Dr. Nashe holds an Ed.D. in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University and a B.S. in Psychology from John Carroll University.

Press Contact:
Vinnie Mascarenhas
703-955-3894
vinnie.mascarenhas@gtl.net

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Payment & Deposit Solutions

Payment Services

GTL’s Deposit Systems create efficiencies when taking deposits, reduce correctional facility costs, and increase the convenience for friends and family members. GTL offers a broad selection of products to choose from so that the right mix can be created for every facility.

Booking & Intake Solutions

GTL offers multiple options for friends and family to set up and fund telephone accounts, inmate trust accounts, or commissary accounts. This streamlines the payment process for friends and family members seeking to communicate with incarcerated loved ones or provide them with funds.

Release Solutions

GTL’s innovative technology allows correctional facilities to streamline the release process through a suite of easy-to-use, time-saving products for returning inmate funds at the time of release.

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Enterprise Management Solutions

Offender Management System (OMS)

From intake to release, information on all aspects of an inmate’s incarcerations are maintained by the GTL Offender Management System (OMS) – including initial intake, charges, sentencing, property, housing, medical, meal planning, scheduling, and temporary release to name a few.

Inmate Accounting & Commissary

OMS Accounting was specifically designed to meet the needs of correctional facilities of every size. Unlike standard off-the-shelf accounting systems, OMS Accounting offers corrections institutions the exact modules that will help them complete all of their correctional facility’s accounting activities.

Virtual Receptionist

GTL’s Facility Services Secretary allows friends and families to easily access facility information, inmate status, and other services such as court dates, release dates, facility address and directions, rules and policies, visitation information and hours, just by dialing a single toll-free number.

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Investigative & Intelligence Solutions

Call & Voice Analysis

GTL’s IQ family of call and voice analysis products offer investigators a range of options for gathering actionable intelligence to combat fraud, criminal activity, and gang and terrorist recruitment by pinpointing the location of a called party, identifying phone type, detecting calls from multiple inmates to a single called party, and identifying inmates using voiceprints.

Data Analysis

GTL’s data analysis tools include a powerful data mining and link analysis application to identify actionable intelligence critical to ensuring a facility’s safety and security. They offer the ability to take any data source for the purposes of analysis, even including the detection of mobile devices and the extraction of its data.

Intelligence & Forensic Services

GTL’s Intelligence as a Service offering is flexible enough to meet the unique demands of individual facilities. Focused on the development of actionable intelligence, analysts are trained and equipped with the tools to analyze vast amounts of raw data to provide facilities with the proverbial “needle in a haystack.” Depending on facility needs, analysts can also be equipped to provide mobile device forensic services to extract data from legally seized contraband phones, thus assisting facilities in shutting down the supply of contraband.

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Communication Solutions

Inmate Telephone Systems

GTL’s feature-rich Inmate Telephone System is a turnkey solution that comes complete with all hardware and software, including the telephone network, circuits, monitoring and recording system, call-control system, secure database, telephones, workstations, printers, and associated software.

Inmate Messaging

Message Link provides an electronic alternative to an otherwise inefficient and potentially tainted communication method. As contraband and cryptic messages are entering correctional facilities through an ever-rising level of creativity, Message Link provides a secure, controlled environment for inmate messaging.

Visitation Management

The GTL VisitMe video visitation solution allows facilities to transition traditional in-person visitation service to a more secure on-premise or remote alternative. This highly scalable solution can help facilities improve security while reallocating staff time to more critical tasks.

VisitMe Scheduler can eliminate long queues in the visitation area by avoiding the chaos of having a high volume of concurrent visitors at the facility. In so doing, the system also minimizes staffing requirements.

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Inmate Services

Education & Information

Education Link allows inmates to take advantage of several electronic learning initiatives while monitoring and reporting each inmate’s progress so adjustments can be made, if necessary.

Entertainment

Our in-pod kiosk can be configured to allow inmates to access a variety of approved multimedia applications through a secure personal device. Offerings in the GTL entertainment portfolio provide access to the largest MP3/4, video, and e-book secure library available.

In-Facility Services

Introducing GTL Genesis to a facility provides an automated alternative to manual, behind-the-bars activities. In addition, the GTL Genesis provides the opportunity to introduce new interactive technologies that help inmates manage their incarcerated time.