GTL to be Main Sponsor at Leading International Conference on Prison Reform

Presentations by GTL speakers will highlight the key benefits being delivered by tablet technology and education in correctional facilities

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Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – October 17, 2017GTL,today announced its participation at the prestigious International Corrections & Prisons Association (ICPA) Annual Conference. This year’s conference, “Innovation in Rehabilitation: Building Better Futures,” takes place October 22–27 in London, England, and will bring together participants from over 70 countries to exchange ideas, technology, and best practices regarding the corrections industry.

“ICPA has spent almost two decades organizing conferences that bring big-name correctional players from around the world to discuss the latest solutions that assist correctional services, inmate populations, and friends and family members of inmates. We are thrilled to announce that GTL is the Global Event Sponsor for ICPA’s 19th annual conference, hosted by Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS),” said Gad Tobaly, President, GTL International.

GTL and its UK partner, British Telecom (BT) have in-depth experience and understanding of the needs of both correctional facilities and inmates. Together the two companies are unrivalled in their knowledge of how technology can deliver better outcomes—improving productivity and efficiency, reducing costs, and—most importantly—reducing recidivism and assisting inmates in re-integrating more effectively into society.

BT has a long-standing record of working across local and national government and ‘blue light’ services, working with them in addressing the major challenges they face, and applying innovative technologies to address operational and strategic priorities.

Colm O’Neill, Managing Director, Major Customers and Public Sector, BT, said: “BT and GTL both have a passion for delivering innovative solutions into the public sector. BT’s PINPhone system is used in all public prisons in England and Wales and GTL is a world leader in enabling true prison reform. We’ve been working with GTL for several years to help correctional institutions and prisons to overcome the key challenges they face and transform them into truly digital organizations.”

Mr. Tobaly and senior executives from GTL will be at the conference to introduce attendees to innovative technologies that are beneficial for facilities, inmates, their friends and family members, and society at large.

On Monday, October 23rd, Brian Peters, GTL Vice President of Facility Product Management, and Dr. Turner Nashe, GTL Senior Vice President of Education Content, will present at the conference on how tablet technology and education solutions are delivering real and measurable benefits in today’s correctional facilities and what the future might hold. In his presentation, Mr. Peters will discuss “How Tablet Technology is Ushering in a New Age in Corrections – Practical Use Cases” at 1:30 p.m. in the Chalon room, and Dr. Nashe will discuss “Educating the Correctional Ecosystem – Increasing Officer Knowledge, Rehabilitating Inmates, and Reducing Recidivism” at 3:30 p.m. in the Chalon room.

“As a company, our focus is on innovation to reduce recidivism, support rehabilitation, and make societies safer, no matter their location,” added Mr. Tobaly. “Our attendance at the conference, and the presentations by Mr. Peters and Dr. Nashe, will allow us to reach a broad international audience, showing correctional facilities from around the globe how their facilities can significantly benefit from the application of tried and tested technologies and education processes.”

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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.

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GTL to be Main Sponsor at Leading International Conference on Prison Reform

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.