CDCR Inmate Telephone Information

Inmate Telephone Service Information

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) recently changed their inmate telephone system over to GTL, resulting in quality communication and enhanced deposit services.

  • PREPAID COLLECT: GTL provides a Prepaid Collect account option, allowing a friend or family member the availability to setup a calling account attached to a specific phone number. Every time a call is accepted to the prepaid number from a facility, the charges are deducted from the account.
    GTL offers two methods to set up a Prepaid Account. The first option is to visit ConnectNetwork.com and begin the Account Signup process.
    The second option is to contact Customer Service at 1-866-607-6006 to AdvancePay account. Prepaid Accounts are available for ALL types of phone numbers, including cell phones.
    If the account continues to remain inactive for 180 days from the date of the first notification, GTL will close the account.
  • Collect: Calls to certain approved numbers and the call charges will remain the same as they do today on your monthly phone bill. However, note that collect calls cannot be made to cell phones, office phones, or hospital numbers.

For Customer Service Inquiries, please contact 1-866-607-6006.
GTL places a high priority on customer satisfaction. If a customer feels that their issue is not resolved according to existing policy and regulations, they can request a supervisor. Furthermore, GTL maintains an entire escalations team that is solely dedicated to issues that require, for example, additional research – ensuring that the escalation is handled as quickly as possible.
Additional contact information for our customer service team can be found by visiting our online billing support center.

For international customers, please visit our AdvancePay International section for additional information on setting up your account.

There are several ways to receive calls from inmates, including collect, prepaid collect, and inmate debit calls. Inmates have the option of placing collect calls to telephone numbers approved by the correctional facility. Collect calls are billed to the called party every month through their phone carrier company.
If you receive a high number of collect calls, you may have reached the billing limit allowed by your local phone company. Once you reach a maximum phone bill amount, you may be at a risk of being blocked from receiving future collect calls from an inmate. In such instances, you can call Global Tel*Link at 866-607-6006 to sign up for a prepaid calling account and begin receiving calls again. In addition, online account registration and deposits are available through ConnectNetwork.com.

You can sign up for a prepaid calling account today if you experience any of the following:

  • You have a collect call restriction by your local phone provider
  • You have exceeded the collect call limit
  • You are unable to receive inmate calls on your cell phone, office phone, hospital phone or other commercial phone numbers
  • Your local telephone company does not bill for inmate collect calls
  • Your phone number is blocked from receiving inmate collect calls
  • You have a high collect call bill and want to manage your calling budget

Please note in order to receive calls to cell phones, inmates must call either prepaid collect or use their inmate debit calling account.

There are multiple ways to block calls from inmates as needed. Any incoming call can be refused at any time by hanging up. The call will be disconnected and the inmate will be informed their call was not accepted.
Any incoming call can be blocked permanently from a correctional facility by pressing “7” when prompted.
You can also call the GTL customer service department at 866-607-6006 and they will be able to help block future calls from a facility.

You can remove a block on your telephone number by calling the GTL customer service department at 866-607-6006.

Please note there are other reasons why your phone number may be blocked from receiving collect calls from correctional facilities. These include:

  • Your local telephone company does not offer billing on collect calls
  • You have reached the maximum dollar amount limit allowed for collect calls
  • You are trying to receive collect calls on a cell phone or work phone

You can sign up for the easy-to-use and convenient prepaid calling program offered by GTL, by either Clicking Here to sign up online or calling 866-607-6006.

For instructions on setting up your cell phone to receive phone calls from the CDCR, please visit our Friends and Family Information section.

Global Tel*Link, in conjunction with the CDCR, monitor and record all connected phone calls. For additional information on this policy, please visit our Friends and Family Information page.

CDCR Inmate Telephone Information

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. We also ensure that all of the data from our operations is safely and efficiently handled.

Over the last few years, GTL systems have processed an ever-increasing amount of digital data traffic. Against the backdrop of data breaches and serious power outages that have plagued some of our competitors, we recognize that properly managing and securing data is of paramount importance in today’s inmate communication services marketplace.

As a continuation of GTL’s lasting commitment to ensure the security of our customers’ data, we recently invested $1 million in data center upgrades that augmented our security protocols and provided increased processing capacity. These improvements – which began in early 2015 and were completed in January 2016 – ensure that all of our systems operate at peak efficiency, minimize risks to data in transit and at rest, and reduce the likelihood of unplanned service disruptions.

The high-level summary of recently completed data center upgrades is as follows:

• expanded the amount of floor space to accommodate new equipment
• added more cooling equipment to support the additional data processing hardware
• upgraded the power distribution system to ensure that we have the capacity to process our customers’ ever increasing traffic volumes
• extended the lease of the data center to lock in our commitment

This expanded capacity increases the redundancy of our systems and minimizes the impact of a system failure. The improved redundancy also allows us to conduct low-impact/no-impact system upgrades and maintenance actions in the future.

To ensure that we minimized any inconvenience resulting from the short service interruption that was required to get the new support systems online, we scheduled the work for off-peak hours (midnight Saturday to 9:00am Sunday) so that customers experienced little or no impact from the brief outage. Knowing that any scheduled disruption no matter how brief could have some small effect on jail and prison operations, we sent each customer a written notification a few weeks before the planned downtime.

System performance, service continuity, and data security are just some of the hallmarks of our data center operations, and we believe that the recent upgrades demonstrate our commitment to provide our customers with the highest quality of service in the market.

For more information on GTL or any of its products, contact a company representative today.