GTL Offers Newsfeed Subscription Service to Inmates

Inmates can remain knowledgeable about world events with a secure application on the patented, best-in-industry Inspire® tablet

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Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – October 23, 2017GTL,oday announced that inmates can now keep up to date on world events through the latest Inspire® inmate tablet application—Newsfeed.

The Newsfeed application delivers secure access to articles from several major news providers. Unlike other commercially available applications, the GTL app gives correctional facilities complete control over what newsfeeds are allowed. GTL can exclude newsfeeds that facilities find undesirable, or GTL can perform security assessments on new or alternative newsfeeds that a facility wishes to add to the application. If the requested newsfeed passes inspection, it will be added to the app.

“GTL’s subscription applications have allowed our facility to offer a variety of services to inmates that they wouldn’t have access to otherwise,” said Sandra Miller, Records/Booking Supervisor at New Hampshire’s Strafford County Department of Corrections. “Inmates are able to keep in better touch with what is happening outside of our facility’s walls through the Newsfeed app and that makes them feel more like a part of society.”

Keeping in contact with the outside world—whether through communication with friends and family members, reading the latest news, or taking part in an education program—reduces tension inside a correctional facility, lowers recidivism rates, and gives inmates better post-release outcomes.

To support the needs of corrections facilities, GTL’s Newsfeed was designed with security in mind—there are no external links or clickable ads anywhere in the app. Because GTL controls the app development, there are also no backdoor routes to tablet settings, profile setting fields, or comment sections that can be used to pass unsecure messages to other inmates. It also means that GTL can continue to update and improve the app experience based upon inmate and facility feedback.

“For any inmate application, security is our top priority,” said Brian Peters, GTL Vice President, Facility Product Management. “Newsfeed is a custom daily news service application designed specifically for the corrections market. While inmates can read articles from popular news sites, the rest of the app is locked down, which prevents inmates from navigating to unwanted websites. Control over the development of the app is not only imperative to the safety and security of the facility but also to the continuous improvement of the Newsfeed service.”

GTL’s Newsfeed App can be previewed by inmates with a 1-day free trial and then purchased according to flexible subscription terms. GTL has significantly expanded its inmate tablet applications over the past year, releasing apps for eBooks, games, streaming music, FM radio, and more.

GTL is the industry leader in handheld devices for inmates, having received 19 patents for the Inspire tablet in the last 12 months.

To learn more about the GTL Inspire inmate tablet’s offerings or for a product demonstration, contact GTL today.

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About GTL
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.

About ConnectNetwork
GTL’s ConnectNetwork is the one-stop resource for friends and family members to connect with their incarcerated loved ones. Friends and family can deposit money into an inmate’s accounts, schedule and conduct video visits, and send messages. To learn more about ConnectNetwork, please visit www.connectnetwork.com or social media sites on Facebook and Twitter.

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GTL Offers Newsfeed Subscription Service 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.