GTL Invests in Education

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 of incarcerating inmates. It’s an investment we make today that will save us money down the line.

It’s clear that taxpayers pay far too much to incarcerate inmates in the United States. Corrections expenditures have nearly quadrupled over the past two decades. In 2012, incarceration cost taxpayers $39 billion, $5.4 billion more than the $33.5 billion reflected in corrections budgets alone.


  

The cost of incarceration is so high because inmates frequently find themselves stuck in a cycle of incarceration, rearrest, and return to prison. A National Institute of Justice study found that within three years of release, about two-thirds (67.8%) of released prisoners were rearrested. However, if we can break that cycle and prevent inmates from returning to prison, we can provide relief to taxpayers who are forced shoulder the costs associated with incarceration.

Education can help break this cycle. Providing inmates with an education drastically reduces the likelihood that they will reoffend and return to prison. For example, when inmates receive vocational training, the recidivism rate drops to approximately 30%. With an associate’s degree, recidivism drops to 13.7%, and with a bachelor’s degree, it drops to 5.6%. Once an inmate receives a master’s degree, the recidivism rate is so low that it’s effectively 0%. It’s simple – if inmates can live a meaningful, productive lives after serving their sentences, taxpayers won’t be forced to pay for their incarceration.

  

Data shows that investing in inmate education pays off. A recent study from Lois Davis of the RAND Corporation found that for every dollar spent on inmate education programs, between four and five dollars are saved on reincarceration costs.

Our efforts in Colorado are just the beginning. Within the next five to ten years, we hope to reach 1,000,000 inmates, providing them with access to education and opportunities for a better life after they’ve served their time.

  

Ultimately, it is a false choice to suggest that Americans must choose between educating our prisoners and taking money from the non-incarcerated. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Investing in inmate education will save taxpayers money that would otherwise be spent on incarceration costs, and prepare the incarcerated to live productive, meaningful lives after their release.

Click here to download the full infographic to share with your networks and help us spread the word about the benefits of educating inmates.

  

 

 

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GTL Invests in Education

Communicating Inmate Telephone System Changes to Customers

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 Newswire) Behind every great Inmate Telephone System (ITS) is great software that turns inmate call data into searchable, sortable, and actionable intelligence for correctional facility staff. Inmate Call Manager (ICM) is the software behind GTL’s ITS.

Inmate Call Manager includes call analysis and voice analysis tools, allowing investigators to monitor calls, identify street terminology and phrases, compare voices on a call to inmate voiceprints, and more.

The software is also continually updated to make sure it retains its place as the most robust offering in the marketplace, and GTL wants these changes to be quickly and efficiently communicated to users.

To that end, a new standard feature on Inmate Call Manager is a “What’s New” screen that appears when users log into ICM after changes have occurred. These regular updates are done frequently and are in addition to larger, more in-depth updates that typically take place quarterly.

At our annual User Group Conference, several sessions are held to give more insight into GTL’s ITS, help users create better reports, and hear customer feedback. This year, the “Inmate Telephone Systems – Change Requests” session, where customers could voice their thoughts about the system and how GTL could improve it to enable better usability, was well-attended. GTL takes customer feedback seriously, and updates to ITS and our other products and services reflect our efforts to make a correctional staff member’s job easier.

If your facility has implemented GTL’s ITS and have feedback on how we can improve Inmate Call Manager, please contact your Account Executive.

To learn more about GTL’s ITS or for a product demonstration, contact GTL today.

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.