GTL Achieves New Milestone in Delivering Educational Content to Inmates

Longest running U.S. correctional digital education platform on tablets, has delivered over 100,000 eBooks

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Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – May 4, 2017GTL , an innovation leader in correctional technology and payment services solutions for government, today announced that it has delivered more than 100,000 eBooks to offenders over its digital platforms.

“We possess the longest running mass-deployed digital education platform within corrections,” said Dr. Turner Nashe, GTL Senior Vice President of Educational Services. “We have built a content distribution suite for corrections with over 65,000 titles available for jails and prisons. Our patent-pending proprietary digital platform provides a best-in-class solution for anyone that requires the secure distribution of content over a tablet—from inmates to corrections officers to schools.”

GTL’s digital platform, combined with its Inspire® tablets, allows for complete over-the-air (OTA) control of proprietary operating systems, including remote management of all system settings, applications, and firmware. All operating system settings are remotely managed OTA, allowing GTL to remove from the tablets the user-interactive settings application of the operating system. This prevents inmates from using the settings to bypass security controls, further enhancing its already very robust security features. Just as many well-known consumer product lines can push new firmware onto devices remotely, GTL can push content and system upgrades on demand throughout the product life-cycle.

“Offenders have benefited from gaining access to titles from all the major educational publishing houses. We have built our systems with room to grow and we will expand our content as necessary to meet the needs of our customers,” continued Dr. Nashe. “Our mission since inception has been to fight crime and recidivism through increased education.”

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GTL leads the fields of correctional technology and government payment services with visionary solutions and customized products that integrate seamlessly to deliver security, financial value, and ease of operation for its customers. As a trusted industry leader, GTL provides services to 32 state departments of corrections, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and 73 of the 100 largest city/county facilities, including 39 of the top 50, which comprise 1.9 million inmates nationwide. To learn more about GTL, please visit www.gtl.net or our social media sites on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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GTL Achieves New Milestone in Delivering Educational Content to Inmates

In the push to reduce the recidivism rate, correctional facilities are moving away from a traditional layout to one that is designed for inclusiveness and keeping inmates engaged with outside society. Studies have shown that maintaining a support structure is a key component to keeping inmates on the right path to successful reintegration into society after release. In Australia, a new maximum security prison opened this year that includes no cells. Instead, inmates are housed in dormitory-style accommodations with 25 inmates in 16 ‘pods’ that offer more access to education, entertainment, and communication with friends and families. This novel move seeks to enhance inmates’ daily lives by making these services more accessible and improve re-integration into society. Inmates have access to technology that connects them with friends and family members, news, books, movies, education, games, and more. They are required to work for up to five hours during the day and pursue education and other programs in the remaining time. This progressive approach aligns with GTL’s vision of technology and education being available to every inmate. “GTL has the technology portfolio to enable correctional facilities to execute their strategies,” said Gad Tobaly, President, GTL International. “Whether those strategies are similar to the open-plan jail approach or focus on a more traditional environment, we offer the innovations to help facilities become safer and more secure while providing inmates with access to programs that improve their lives during and after incarceration.” GTL creates new technologies and advocates for tablets, education, and other programs to help reduce recidivism rates. “These new facilities highlight the need for technology in corrections,” said Eric Gonzalez, Executive Director, Technology and Implementation Services. “Today’s inmates are digital natives, having grown up in the age of computers, cell phones, tablets, and more. It is only logical that providing them with technology and programs to learn and better themselves through those access points is the direction that corrections is taking.” As part of GTL’s ongoing mission to keep our offerings in line with global corrections trends, the company will once again be a sponsor at the International Corrections & Prisons Association (ICPA) Annual Conference. This year’s conference is being held at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal, Canada. The conference theme of “Beyond Prisons: The Way Forward” will draw discussion on the underpinning philosophies, strategic direction, policies, and practices being instituted across the globe. More than 500 delegates from over 70 countries attend this prestigious conference. GTL and two collaborating organizations will present on two topics that relate to the use of technology in aiding the corrections and criminal justice systems. “Transforming the Inmate Environment: How and Why Facilities are Implementing Tablet Programs” will discuss how technology is used to humanize correctional efforts and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. “Virtual-Enabled Justice: Delivering Swifter Outcomes and Improved Victim and Witness Experience” will discuss the use of technology to create ‘virtual courts’ that fuel efficiency, safety, and security, and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 3:30 p.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. To learn more about our technology solutions, contact GTL today.