GTL Builds and Deploys Secure Streaming Music Service for Corrections

Twelve million music tracks of corrections-approved content available to inmates on GTL Inspire platform

Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – November 2, 2016GTL, the leading provider of correctional technology solutions and an innovator in payment services solutions for government, today announced the release of an unlimited on-demand streaming music application for GTL’s Inspire™ inmate tablet program. The subscription-based GTL Streaming Music Service provides inmates access to over 12 million tracks. With features like playlist creation and new artist discovery, inmates can listen to the songs they want, when they want. “Inmates are able to select the exact songs they want to listen to and save them to their profile,” said Brian Peters, Executive Director of Inmate Applications and Hardware at GTL.

The GTL Streaming Music Service was designed specifically for the corrections environment. The music catalogue is curated for the corrections market – removing songs and song titles that have explicit lyrics. The inmate music app underwent several rounds of security testing to ensure it meets GTL’s stringent security standards. Also, inmates have an opportunity to experience the service for free through a one-day free trial. “We understand this may be the first time some inmates experience a streaming music service. So we worked with the music labels to allow us to offer free one-day trials,” added Mr. Peters.

GTL’s Streaming Music Service is part of a line of services and applications provided through the GTL Inspire inmate handheld tablet program. Tablets may also be used for voice communication, sending and receiving messages, submitting requests and grievances, accessing education material, and playing games. “We believe that music adds an important pillar to our service offerings, improving morale, which translates into improved safety and security of a correctional facility,” concluded Mr. Peters.

To learn more about the Inspire platform or for a product demonstration please contact GTL today.

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GTL is the leading provider of integrated correctional technology solutions, delivering financial value, security, and ease of operation to our customers through visionary products and solutions at the forefront of corrections innovation. As a trusted correctional industry leader, GTL provides service to approximately fifty percent of inmates nationwide, including service to 33 state departments of corrections, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 32 of the largest city/county facilities. GTL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, with more than 10 regional offices across the country. To find out more about GTL, please visit our website www.gtl.net. You can also view us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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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.