GTL ExpressRelease Debit Card

Cashless Inmate Release Program

Technology to expedite release processes

When an inmate is released from a facility, the process for returning their funds can be burdensome for the accounting department and involves lengthy staff involvement for releasing funds. GTL’s innovative technology allows correctional facilities to streamline the release process through a suite of easy-to-use products.

In lieu of the traditional release check, the GTL ExpressRelease® Debit Card provides a way for correctional facilities to release inmates from custody with a prepaid debit card that has been loaded with funds from their account. Newly released inmates get the convenience and protection of a debit card, and correctional facilities are able to remove inmate funds from their books at release rather than waiting until the released inmate cashes their check.

All customer service for the GTL ExpressRelease Debit Card is handled by the debit card provider, so efficiencies are gained not only at the time of release but also after release. A key advantage is that the GTL ExpressRelease Debit Card program is available to correctional facilities at no cost!

The GTL ExpressRelease® solution includes convenient deposit options for posting bond or bail for low-risk offenders. The GTL ExpressRelease solution offers multiple ways to make such payments – both remotely and in-person – providing greater convenience for families and friends of low-risk offenders.

Increase Efficiency

Whether it is releasing inmates on bail or bond or releasing inmate funds, it is important that the process can be followed quickly and without time-consuming errors. The ExpressRelease product suite offers tools to ensure that releasing inmates or funds can be handled with ease so that all funds are correctly noted in the accounting system.

Reduce Data Entry

The ExpressRelease product suite utilizes extensive configuration and automation to reduce the data entry required to release inmates or funds. The ExpressRelease products ensure that all data is properly logged in the system, so reporting is accurate and data is up-to-date, all with minimal staff involvement.

Reduce Costs

The GTL ExpressRelease product suite is designed to reduce operating expenses at correctional facilities. Inmate releases using GTL ExpressRelease require less staff involvement since payments can be accepted from a broad range of GTL deposit systems.

The ExpressRelease Debit Card eliminates the need to purchase checks for releasing inmate funds, and less time is required to generate a refund using the ExpressRelease Debit Card versus traditional methods.

Release Funding

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.