GTL Intelligence Analysts Leverage GTL Data IQ to Assist in Identification of Homicide Suspect

Analysts identified suspect based on phone and financial transaction connections


Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – November 15, 2017GTL,announced today that its link analysis application, GTL Data IQ, has been used to identify a suspect in a homicide that recently occurred at a large correctional facility in the United States.

When a major incident, such as a homicide, happens at a correctional facility, steps are taken to secure the area: the facility is locked down, visits are cancelled, and additional staff members are called in to assist. As the investigation begins, investigative staff begin gathering evidence, conducting interviews, and in some facilities, engaging GTL’s intelligence analysts. Analysts play a crucial role in any investigation and are even more valuable in security-related incidents.

In response to a recent homicide, one of GTL’s customer facilities engaged their on-site GTL analysts to assist in mining data while investigators tended to other time-sensitive tasks. The analysts were quick to engage, leveraging the GTL Data IQ application to map out the victim’s network. Focusing in on an area of suspicious connectivity, analysts identified the suspect and informed correctional officials, who corroborated the information and seized the suspected offender from his cell.

“This type of coordinated effort and expertise brings significant value to facilities that have multiple sources of data to sift through during investigations such as telephone systems, visitation logs, financial transactions, and more,” said Mitch Volkart, GTL Senior Product Manager, Intelligence Tools. “Investigators can easily identify actionable intelligence by using GTL Data IQ to consolidate all of this information in a single user interface, and GTL’s intelligence analysts can add their experience to investigative teams without a facility needing to look outside their circle of trusted partners for additional resources.”

To learn more about how GTL’s data analysis tools can assist an investigative team in visually analyzing a large and complex data set to find inmate-based fraud schemes, expose suspicious patterns, or discover hidden networks, contact GTL today.


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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 or our social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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GTL Intelligence Analysts Leverage GTL Data IQ to Assist in Identification of Homicide Suspect

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.