Secure Inmate Entertainment Solutions

Entertainment Options - Content Solutions

A Variety of Multimedia Solutions Through a Safe, Secure Program

The GTL Genesis in-pod kiosk can be configured to allow inmates to access a variety of approved multimedia applications through a secure personal device. Currently, the only media offerings available in many facilities are outdated cassette tape players, single CD players, and FM tuner radios. Once cutting edge technology, these media sources provide an extremely limited selection of entertainment options.

The offerings in the GTL entertainment portfolio – Music Link and Media Link – provide access to the largest MP3/4, video, and e-book secure library currently available. With connections to all of the major media labels, approved media selections are continuously being updated. The visibility of media files that are made available through the entertainment portal are ultimately controlled through secure administrative privileges.

Fully Configurable Music Library

The configuration of the Music Link platform provides system administrators with the availability to control various aspects of media approval within a particular facility. With restriction settings in place to allow varying levels of lyric content approvals, facility managers can control the level of inappropriate music available for downloading. In addition, Music Link provides the ability to restrict or remove the album art based on predetermined settings.

Access to Pre-Approved Selections

Media Link provides inmates with the ability to download a variety of full-length movies, instructional videos, select television series and specials, and e-books – all available from a pre-rated programming guide. With restrictive levels established for filters such as language, nudity, violence, and suggestive behavior, Media Link provides a fully configured library to allow correctional facilities to decide what content inmates may view.

Archived Transaction History

Regardless of the memory capacity available in an inmate’s personal player, a full transaction history of purchased media is archived to each individual account. This gives the inmate the ability to maintain full control of their device’s playlist selections. Media can be transferred between the secure archive and a player’s active memory every time the device is plugged into the GTL Genesis in-pod kiosk.


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.