Deborah Powe – Community Outreach

Deborah Powe - Boys and Girls Club
Deborah Powe of GTL has volunteered with numerous charities in the city of Mobile, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama, which recently received a donation of $2,500 from GTL. The contribution will help provide important needs such as books, miscellaneous supplies and toiletries, as well as food.

Brenda Carlisle of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama (and Director of Resource Development), explained that several of the initiatives they are currently undertaking are “to help equip the club’s members physically, socially, and academically.” Likewise, they are “thrilled that GTL has partnered with [them] in this mission and are so appreciative of the donation and GTL’s commitment to the community.”

Deborah has volunteered with several homeless charities in Southern Alabama, including HandUp Charity, which provides shelter, clothing, and food, as well as training for job interviews, and McKemie Place, which is the only overnight shelter for homeless, single women in the area. Along with several other GTL employees, Deborah has also participated in the Cancer Walk in Mobile to help fight breast cancer.

Since joining GTL in 2000, Deborah has sought to better understand the people affected by GTL’s community outreach, especially children of inmates, and women, who she felt were insufficiently served by public amenities. As GTL sought to reach more and more people, Deborah became convinced that helping the disadvantaged and minorities was “the right thing to do.” Furthermore, Deborah also wants to leave a legacy for her children so that they will know someday what their mom stood for.

Deborah is excited about the initiatives that merge GTL with the community, since public outreach has always been a part of the mission to help reduce recidivism. And considering her charity work for the Boys & Girls Clubs, not to mention her experience with area homeless shelters, Deborah is thankful that her contributions can make a difference. As she says, “It simply makes my heart feel good.”

Deborah Powe – Community Outreach

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.