IDS Donates $100,000 Towards Inmate Education-Focused BEST Program in Nashville, Tennessee

Co-founders of IDS, GTL’s education services subsidiary, invest back into local program that proves educating inmates can reduce recidivism rates


Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – March 13, 2017GTL an innovation leader in correctional technology and payment services solutions for government, today proudly shares that Innertainment Delivery Systems, LLC (IDS) co-founders Dr. Turner Nashe and his wife Phylanice Nashe, J.D., and now part of the GTL family, have personally made a $100,000 donation to the Building Entrepreneurs for Success in Tennessee (BEST) Program, which is supported by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC).

The Nashes’ donation was presented on Friday, March 10, at a BEST celebration event. “On behalf of the BEST volunteers, its advisory board, and especially the BEST program participants (past, present and future), we thank the Nashe family for their continued support and encouragement,” stated Karen Vander Molen, BEST Program Director. “Our program has been blessed by the long-term involvement of Turner and Phylanice Nashe. From the provision of tablets and a charging cart from IDS in 2014 to the creation of the $25,000 BEST Microloan Fund in 2015 and now this generous gift, the Nashes’ support of BEST has come from their passion for empowering inmates with education to reduce recidivism rates.”

Since 2014, IDS tablets have been used to deliver entrepreneurship education behind bars using 21st-century technology. “Their generosity has already caused lives to be forever changed as their donations help grow the BEST program, which educates and empowers future returning citizens currently behind bars, equipping them with tools to build a better life through personal transformation and entrepreneurship education,” added Karen Vander Molen. “To date, 17 BEST graduates have been released from incarceration and not a single one has returned to prison. Those who have experienced relapse have sought treatment.”

“Phylanice and I are grateful for the opportunity to support Karen Vander Molen and BEST with this donation to further the successes of the program,” said Dr. Turner Nashe, co-founder of IDS and Senior Vice President of Education Services at GTL. “We are hoping to set an example for others in the industry who recognize that empowering an inmate with education is the best way to ensure they will not repeat offend. We are happy to set the example by putting our funds towards such a successful program.”

The BEST program is in its third class or ‘cohort.’ The first cohort started with 22 men, the second included 17 women, and the current class is made up of 17 women. A wide variety of volunteers, professors, community leaders, business people, and professional speakers regularly engage to share their entrepreneurial stories with program participants. The first three months are spent on character development to get heads and hearts in the right place, and then students get to develop their own business plan. In partnership with a local university, a class of students visits the prison each Tuesday to consult with BEST program students on their business plans. Along the way BEST program participants learn Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, and financial literacy and business education principles. A major part of BEST is its public speaking curriculum. Students learn how to create and deliver a speech, practice effective public speaking and more importantly, learn how to listen. Each student must give 10 speeches.

GTL recently acquired IDS with its industry-leading focus on reducing recidivism rates through expansive educational opportunities to inmates. “The Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s support of the BEST program is setting an example, nationwide, that education in the corrections industry is the most effective method to reduce recidivism rates,” concluded Dr. Turner Nashe. “By becoming a part of GTL, we now have the manpower, technology, and tools we need to promote these kinds of ‘best practice’ education initiatives to correctional facilities across the country. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but the success of local programs like BEST make what we’re working towards every day worth the effort. We will continue to fight the good fight on behalf of those who are seeking to better themselves and their lives. Education is the ultimate empowerment tool that you can give a person.”


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The Future of Corrections Education Technology; Tablets Over Textbooks
By: Dr. Turner Nashe, Jr., Senior Vice President of Education Services at GTL

June 18, 2018

RESTON, Va., – (PR Newswire) The last few decades have brought about a rapid progression of technology, and advancements are also taking place inside prisons. Many correctional facilities have introduced inmate tablet programs to improve communication with loved ones and give inmates access to educational programs. The goals of such tablet-based initiatives are to lower recidivism rates and better prepare inmates for society after release.

Inmate tablets can be extremely effective at expanding access to education within prisons. GTL’s Inspire® tablets give inmates access to educational programs, law libraries, eBooks, and more. Tablets put a world of knowledge at an inmate’s fingertips, allowing them the opportunity to improve their digital skills and pass a high school equivalency exam, qualify for certifications, or even earn a bachelor’s degree. Beyond that, tablet technology has the potential to provide additional content for vocational training, rehabilitation programs, career building, and mental health services.

Previously, inmates had to choose from books that were available in the on-site library or whatever material their loved ones sent them. Even where family members sent books, there was a lengthy process that each book went through before it was given to the inmate. Tablets let inmates access approved eBooks within a matter of seconds.

Furthermore, this technology is beneficial to inmates and correctional facilities because of its ability to reduce unnecessary facility costs when providing education material. Facilities can save money by offering educational program access on tablets instead of having to provide costly textbooks that get worn out easily or quickly outdated.

Tablets also help build technological skills for inmates that are unfamiliar with new technologies and want to be prepared for life in the digital age. Many inmates are incarcerated for an uncertain amount of time and have no meaningful way to keep up with the rapidly evolving technology landscape. Tablets help to acquaint inmates with new ways of learning and working so they can be better equipped to participate and succeed in society after release.

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.

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