GTL Unites to Support the National Down Syndrome Society’s Annual Buddy Walk

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and holds a personal meaning for some GTL employees

Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – October 25, 2016GTL, the leading provider of correctional technology solutions and an innovator in payment services solutions for government, today announced that both its Mobile, Al., and Reston, Va., offices sponsored and participated through GTL’s “Give To Live” initiative in the National Down Syndrome Society’s Annual Buddy Walk®.

The Reston, Va., office donated and sponsored the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (DSANV) annual Buddy Walk® at George Mason University, Mason Pond.

“As we have found with our own daughter, individuals with Down syndrome are successful and active participants in educational, social and recreational activities in our communities,” said Jeremy Oliver, Director of Business Development & Analysis at GTL. “With the continued support and empowering investments from businesses like GTL and others, we will have an opportunity to witness the many ways in which individuals with disabilities can and will create meaningful and lasting contributions to society. We have been amazed by how she, when given an opportunity, has achieved beyond all expectations in many areas of her life. She is a precious member of our family.”

In Mobile, Al., about 50 GTL employees and their families walked in the Down Syndrome Buddy Walk, and GTL was the Platinum Sponsor of the event. The Mobile office walked with team Elliot’s Entourage. Teresa Ridgeway, Senior VP of Administration, commented, “Elliot has been an inspiration to our family. He continues to show that individuals with an extra chromosome can do anything they put their mind to. This Buddy Walk was particularly special for us as Elliot was able to walk across the finish line for the first time. GTL considers it a privilege to help promote and educate the public about the capabilities, rather than the limitations, of those with Down syndrome.”

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GTL’s Reston, Va. “Give To Live” team was proud to participate by assisting their local Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia Chapter, and being Gold Sponsors of this year’s Annual Down Syndrome Buddy Walk.


GTL’s Mobile, Al. “Give to Live” team participated 50 strong for Team Elliot’s Entourage in their group’s Annual Down Syndrome Buddy Walk and was the Platinum Sponsor for this important community event.

GTL Unites to Support the National Down Syndrome Society’s Annual Buddy Walk

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.