GTL Recaps Year of Charitable Giving in 2018

Emphasis placed on charities that help disadvantaged youth and individuals preparing for reentry

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Reston, Virginia (PR Newswire)– December 27, 2018 GTL, a leader in transformative corrections technology that improves outcomes for inmates and facilities, today emphasized its commitment to its local communities through increased charitable giving and volunteer participation.

GTL’s mission focuses on the use of technology to improve the lives of inmates and enable communication between inmates and their loved ones. In 2018, GTL proved that commitment by giving back not only to the communities in which its employees reside but also to charities focused on rehabilitation and reducing recidivism.

The biggest and most important gift GTL can give is communication. When Hurricanes Florence and Michael ravaged the East Coast in September and October of 2018, GTL provided free phone calls so inmates could check on loved ones affected by the storm and let their loved ones know that they were okay. The same held true when wildfires blazed across California, namely the Camp Fire in November 2018. Inmates located in facilities in the fire’s path were able to place free calls back home. GTL was able to provide over 1.75 million minutes of free call time to inmates affected by these natural disasters.

During the holiday season, GTL held a company-wide food drive that resulted in offices bringing in over 6,700 items that were then donated to local food pantries to help families in need of support. GTL also donated the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco and Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama.

Throughout the year, GTL donated to charitable causes related to corrections and law enforcement, such as the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Memorial Wall and similar organizations honoring officers lost in the line of duty. Other charities donated to in 2018 included Because We Care Foundation, which provides personalized stuffed bears to law enforcement and first responders to help them comfort children during traumatic cases.

To encourage rehabilitation, GTL donated Mac computers to The Last Mile, which uses business and technology training to prepare incarcerated individuals for successful reentry. In addition, GTL sponsored the Dads4Life Kids Camp at Oregon Department of Corrections–Snake River Correctional Institution, which prepares incarcerated individuals for the role of fatherhood upon their release. GTL also provides free weekly calls to all 55 dads in the program so relationships with their child/children can be maintained throughout the year.

“GTL and its employees are dedicated to giving back to the communities and customers we serve,” said Matt Caesar, GTL Executive Vice President, Customer Solutions and Information Systems. “As our technologies and innovations help to ease the burdens of our correctional facility customers, we seek to positively impact as many people as possible outside facilities as well, whether friends and family members or at-risk youth, with our charitable donations and community involvement. We feel that 2018 has been a success on all fronts.”

Looking to 2019 and beyond, GTL is dedicated to increasing community involvement and finding new ways to assist with rehabilitating inmates and reducing recidivism. For more information, please visit www.gtl.net.

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GTL leads the fields of corrections technology, education, and intelligence, as well as government payment services, with visionary solutions that integrate seamlessly to deliver security, financial value, and operational efficiencies while aiding inmate rehabilitation. 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 more than 30 U.S. departments of corrections, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons. GTL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, with an employee presence throughout North America. To learn more about GTL, please visit www.gtl.net or social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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GTL Recaps Year of Charitable Giving in 2018

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.