GTL’s Give to Live and Telmate Gives Back Programs Thrive in 2017

Serving communities and causes around the nation, GTL and Telmate set the bar high for corporate giving in 2017

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Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – January 18, 2018GTL, is proud to share some of the initiatives of its Give to Live and the Telmate Gives Back programs in 2017 as associates volunteered in their local communities throughout the year, donating time, funds, and materials to important charitable causes across the nation.

At the beginning of the year, GTL associates participated in the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run in Houston, Texas, to benefit the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund, and the Tour de Tugaloo Bike Ride to benefit a community park in Toccoa, Georgia. In Spring and Fall 2017, GTL associates came together to raise awareness and provide needed financial support to several national charitable initiatives including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Great Strides Walk (June 2017), the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks (October 2017), and the Down Syndrome Awareness of Northern Virginia Holiday Party (December 2017).

GTL associates also answered the call when natural disasters struck, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and the California wildfires. GTL office locations rallied and gathered materials for donation, and GTL’s Give to Live Team launched an online giving portal to raise money for affected communities and for the purchase of basic supplies requested by Volunteers of America. GTL matched money donated through the portal, and Give to Live Ambassadors in the Fort Worth, Texas, office coordinated with Volunteers of America the delivery of supplies to Puerto Rico.

During November and December of 2017, GTL associates continued in the spirit of giving back by providing holiday presents for the children of incarcerated parents through the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree program. They also held various community donation drives for blankets, clothing, and hygiene products for local and national organizations such as The Salvation Army and Volunteers of America.

“We expanded volunteer opportunities for office-based and virtual employees by tapping into the GTL spirit of giving back,” stated Jessica Artz, Vice President of Human Resources at GTL. “We are also excited about 2018 and creating new ways for GTL associates to become even more involved in giving back to the communities GTL serves every day.”

Meanwhile, in the San Francisco Bay Area, 2017 was an equally active one for the Telmate Gives Back program. From running the first-ever Coding Workshop for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco to participating in the inspirational Defy Ventures In-Prison Entrepreneur In Training (EIT) events to sponsoring Snake River Correctional Institution’s annual Dads4life Kids Day Camp, volunteers looked for different ways to give back to the community.

“We’re setting the bar high for giving back as we approach 2018 with even more opportunities to serve those in need,” said Alexis Sneed, Marketing Programs Manager at Telmate.

Telmate Gives Back looks for community-based programs that provide the opportunity to positively impact those at risk, those who are food insecure, and those living in poverty or in emotional distress.

As 2018 begins, GTL anticipates many opportunities to serve as we firmly believe that the reward of making a positive difference is always worth the effort.

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GTL leads the fields of correctional technology, education, and government payment services with visionary solutions and customized products that integrate seamlessly to deliver security, financial value, and operational efficiencies while aiding inmate rehabilitation and reducing recidivism rates. With the recent acquisition of Telmate, GTL has strengthened its suite of solutions for the corrections industry and expanded its community corrections portfolio with Telmate Guardian, a smartphone-based GPS monitoring solution. As a trusted industry leader, GTL provides services to over 2 million inmates in more than 2,500 correctional facilities in the United States and Canada, including 33 U.S. departments of corrections, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and many large city/county/provincial facilities. GTL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, with an employee presence throughout North America. To learn more about GTL, please visit www.gtl.net or our social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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GTL’s Give to Live and Telmate Gives Back Programs Thrive in 2017

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.