IN DOC Inmate Telephone Service

Multiple Payment Options Available for Inmate Telephone Service

GTL provides the opportunity for inmate telephone accounts to be created and minutes purchased through multiple payment solutions. These accounts can be managed through ConnectNetwork.com, an industry leader in correctional payment services and GTL approved payment solution.

DEBIT: Debit calling puts the inmate in control of their phone account. They will be able to purchase debit minutes from the commissary, which they can then use to call friends and family members.

Friends and family members are also able to purchase phone minutes for an inmate’s debit account by creating an Offender Phone account through ConnectNetwork.com. Once the payment has been made, the amount is credited to the offender and may be used to make phone calls to any allowed phone number.

Inmates can call any approved phone numbers, including cell phones, with their debit account.

PREPAID COLLECT: GTL’s prepaid collect option, AdvancePay®, allows a friend or family member to set up a calling account to his or her phone number without the restrictions of standard billing. Every time calls are made and accepted to a prepaid number, the charges are deducted from the account. Prepaid accounts can be set up for all types of numbers, including cell phones. Friends and family should visit ConnectNetwork.com or call 800.483.8314 to set up an AdvancePay® account today!

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 any questions regarding our calling options, friends and family members should call GTL at 877.650.4249!

The inmate must complete and sign a Offender Telephone List – Inmate Phone Policy “Indiana Code – 11-8-2-5(a)(8), identifying no more than 20 names and the telephone numbers of who could be called.

The 20 names are for 20 individuals, regardless of whether they have the same telephone number.

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 GTL at 800-483-8314 to sign up for a prepaid calling account and begin receiving calls again.
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 either hanging up or pressing “1″ when prompted. 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 “6″ when prompted. You will be asked to provide a 4 digit personal identification number (PIN) to confirm the block. This PIN will be required to remove the block in the future if needed.

You can also call the GTL customer service department at 877-650-4249 and they will be able to help block future calls from a facility. If you are being physically threatened, you should contact your local law enforcement agency to obtain a Personal Protection Order.

If you are receiving unwanted correspondence or telephone calls from an inmate, you should contact the Superintendent at the facility where the inmate is currently being housed. A written correspondence and/or telephone restriction may be placed on the inmate after a fair and impartial review of your request. We will make every effort to restrict contact from the inmate after your request is approved. However, if you should receive any contact after the restriction, please contact the Superintendent at the facility where the inmate is being housed.

If you are being threatened by an Indiana inmate, you should contact the Superintendent at the facility where the inmate is currently being housed. Our office will also forward your e-mail concerns to the Parole Board, Crime Victims Notification, and the Superintendent.

You can remove a block on your telephone number by calling the GTL customer service department at 877-650-4249 and speaking to one of our representatives. They will submit a request to have the block removed. The timeframe for a block removal is 1-2 business days.

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 800-483-8314.

IN DOC Inmate Telephone Service

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 established under the America Invents Act (AIA), GTL successfully challenged six out of seven Securus patents and saw the dismissal of 165 patent claims – effectively crippling the core of Securus’ patent portfolio.

GTL’s aggressive, three-year patent campaign against Securus is certainly bearing fruit, but as industry veterans (such as myself) are well aware, GTL will have to be vigilant given Securus’ decade-long history of predatory patent litigation. GTL has frequently been the target of Securus’ “sue and settle” business model, however with the introduction of an expanded grant opposition program in the AIA, we have turned the tables and are standing up for reasonable competition in the ICS marketplace. In fact, GTL has already filed 20 Inter Partes Review (IPR) applications with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) against 17 different Securus patents.

To date, the PTAB has ruled to completely invalidate four of Securus’ patents (including the “crown jewel” ‘167 VOIP patent) and dismissed nearly all of the claims from the other challenged patents. The PTAB has invalidated or rendered useless all of the substantive content from each of Securus’ challenged patents. Additionally, the PTAB concluded that Securus had misled patent examiners to obtain patents. If that weren’t enough, Securus misled the market about the capabilities of its products, filed duplicative patents to inflate the size of its patent portfolio, and attempted to patent products already in the marketplace, like Apple’s FaceTime.

Despite GTL’s overwhelming victories, Securus incredulously continues to claim that they are winning the “patent war.” Their strained attempts at contorting terrible losses into victories notwithstanding, this behavior only serves to underscore what this process has revealed: Securus’ patent portfolio is a façade, a carefully constructed house of cards that has been used against our industry for years.

Securus can continue clamoring about their patent superiority and challenging GTL to childish “bake-offs”, but at the end of day their “technology” – a hodge podge cobbled from parts of 19 other companies they’ve bought during the past several years – can’t be compared to the integrated software and hardware developed “at home” by GTL engineers for decades. Meanwhile, GTL has just concluded a record year of its own patent activity, growth that is a reflection of the in-house innovation behind GTL’s market leading technology.

Ultimately, GTL’s advantage over Securus is not just a result of challenges to Securus’ patent portfolio, but rather a reflection of the diversity of our technology portfolio and the ingenuity of GTL software engineering. This is not lost on the hundreds of facilities that have chosen to utilize GTL’s advanced product lines. From the IQ family series to our advanced Offender Management System (OMS), GTL’s technology represents the industry standard against which all others are measured.

GTL will continue to fight Securus’ brazen attempts to steamroll the industry and I’m pleased to note that it has been more than three years since Securus has filed a patent suit against anther industry player. It would seem their days of “sue and settle” are over. There are a number of other IPRs awaiting final decisions from the PTAB and GTL expects final decisions in all of these cases over the next 14 months. We are confident that the PTAB will take the same critical eye to the remaining IPRs and we will experience the sweeping success that we have with our initial IPRs. Through IPRs and various other methods, GTL aims to challenge Securus and promote an industry atmosphere conducive to technology development and innovation.

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