WADOC Inmate Release Phone Program is Helping Reduce Recidivism

GTL is proud to underwrite and support a forward-thinking WADOC initiative to empower inmates released back into their communities

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Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – April 12, 2017GTL, an innovation leader in correctional technology and payment services solutions for government, today announced that a program which provides prepaid mobile phones to Washington Department of Corrections (WADOC) inmates upon their release has been a success. The phones are used to facilitate communication with family and to manage logistics, like finding employment, which studies have shown help reduce recidivism. GTL donated $25,000 to WADOC to establish the program.

The money donated by GTL paid for the first 150 phones and six months of service for each of the phones. At the conclusion of the six-month period, inmates can either assume responsibility for the service, which costs thirty-five dollars per month, or they can return the phone to WADOC for reuse.
C & C Communications (ccComm), a mobile phone service provider in Washington State, supplied the phones and has been instrumental in helping activate and provision the phones.

“GTL has been a long-time proponent of initiatives that help reduce recidivism, and we are particularly excited about the WADOC program,” said Jane Newman, Northwest Account Executive at GTL. “WADOC should be lauded for their vision and successful implementation of the program.”

The inmate release phone program provides released individuals with a vital tool to help them return to normal life, including finding gainful employment. Having a phone to ask about an employment opportunity or being able to provide a contact number to a potential employer is a prerequisite for any person trying to find a job. It is in everyone’s benefit to have individuals successfully transition into mainstream society, and these phones will go a long way in helping them achieve this goal.

Given the success of the pilot, WADOC will look to making the program permanent using a state or federal grant. “GTL is proud to have been a part of this pilot program, and we look forward to hearing the many success stories brought on by this forward-thinking state DOC initiative,” concluded Ms. Newman.

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WADOC Inmate Release Phone Program is Helping Reduce Recidivism

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.