GTL Establishes New Baseline of Free Weekly Communication for All Incarcerated Individuals
Expanded program ensures regular communication for all at customer facilities
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Falls Church, Virginia (AccessWire) – September 9, 2020 – GTL, a trusted partner that connects those affected by incarceration with the resources and support necessary to achieve success, today announced that free weekly communication options are now being offered to county customers that contract phone or tablet services with GTL. GTL instituted weekly free calls and messages at state Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities at the beginning of August 2020.
“We want to ensure that every individual that uses a GTL solution to communicate with their loved ones has a way to connect each week regardless of their financial situation,” said Deb Alderson, GTL President & CEO. “This means all incarcerated individuals at GTL facilities will be able to maintain regular contact with their family during incarceration, leading to stronger relationships upon release and a more positive reentry experience.”
Families and friends also appreciate the move, which provides a guaranteed time each week in which they can communicate with their incarcerated loved one. “During this time of no visitation, the free calls have been a lifesaver for the inmates and have been an absolute blessing,” said Bill, who has an incarcerated loved one. “Just to hear a friendly voice helps them keep their sanity. Thanks so much.”
The newly expanded program will provide a baseline of communication through a free five-minute weekly phone call or two free weekly messages, depending on the facility’s services. A returning citizen named Kurt said “I was recently released from [state prison] so I benefited from your free e-mails as an inmate. And I got to say it was HUGE for the men inside. It helped to lift our spirits and make a trying time more bearable. I also appreciated the Father’s Day greeting. As one man put it ‘That was the only Happy Father’s Day I received all day.'”
“GTL has long provided free calls during emergency situations for affected customers, but a program of this magnitude—one that touches every single customer with one of our communication solutions—has never been undertaken,” said Matthew Caesar, GTL Executive Vice President, Customer Solutions. “Being separated from loved ones takes a toll, and we understand that. With this program, one of our goals has been accomplished—we are providing all incarcerated individuals that use GTL services with a baseline of free communication.”
For over 30 years, GTL has worked side-by-side with correctional facilities and government agencies to provide imperative technology solutions to the populations they serve. These solutions facilitate meaningful connections, provide educational opportunities, enable successful reentry, and strengthen operational efficiency. GTL is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, with an employee presence throughout North America and provides solutions in support of 1.6 million inmates across the globe. To learn more about GTL, please visit www.gtl.net, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
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