GTL and Telmate Provide One Powerful Upgrade for Community Corrections

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GTL and Telmate Provide One Powerful Upgrade for Community Corrections
Chuck Geveden, Telmate Strategic Account Executive

February 12, 2018

RESTON, Va., – (PR Newswire) GTL – both directly and via our wholly-owned subsidiaries Telmate and TouchPay – provides value to our customers through parole and community corrections solutions that help reduce recidivism and streamlines the post-release process. The effect of these combined powers is seen in one of our newer products: Guardian.

Guardian is an innovative offender monitoring solution used by local, state, and private probation, parole, and community corrections professionals to supervise low to mid-risk offenders in place of a traditional ankle monitor and check-in. This low-cost, smartphone-based, GPS monitoring solution requires no new hardware for case managers, or for enrollees, who only need their smartphone, and includes innovative face recognition and voice detection/confirmation technology. Guardian also offers inclusion/exclusion zones, event reminder text messages, and live video chats between case managers and participants. Guardian gives agencies the confidence that they are utilizing the most innovative, effective, and secure smartphone monitoring solution on the market.

With more inmates going back into mainstream society, agencies need effective tools to help with rehabilitation and reintegration. Guardian is one of these tools. Guardian not only helps case managers do more with less, it also provides clients a less intrusive and familiar mobile app solution that supports increased participation while raising personal confidence. Guardian aids in re-entry by fostering enrollee freedom, trust, and independence, making the participant feel like they are contributing members of society. Guardian is simple for case managers and enrollees to use and gives unmatched customization, control, and reporting.

In January 2018 GTL improved our solution with the release of Guardian Confirm, a new self-reporting feature that is part of the Guardian offender monitoring platform. The smartphone-based questionnaire helps case managers save time and gain caseload-monitoring flexibility.

With Confirm, case managers do not have to make phone calls or conduct in-person visits to gather information. Low-risk offenders simply check in from their smartphone and answer routine questions about daily and life-changing events.

Confirm asks questions such as:
• Has your home address changed since your last check in?
• Have you had any contact with law enforcement?
• Are you still working for the same employer as did when you last checked in?

Some of the benefits of using Guardian Confirm are:
• Ability to customize questions
• Use as a standalone product or as part of the Guardian solution
• Daily email confirming self-reporting compliance
• Alerts for all questionnaire exceptions

GTL is reinventing what’s possible in corrections. We offer best-of-breed technology and proven solutions in all categories to a broader set of customers. Our vision is to support facility needs with more scale and efficiency, improve inmate communications, offer structured access to education, and reduce recidivism rates.

To learn more about GTL’s products and solutions contact GTL today.

For more information about the Telmate Guardian solution, please visit https://www.telmate.com/guardian/.

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

February 12, 2018 / Blog

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GTL and Telmate Provide One Powerful Upgrade for Community Corrections

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.