Federal Court Again Halts FCC Plan To Regulate Intrastate ICS Rates

US Court of Appeals grants GTL Motion to Apply Existing Stay to Prevent FCC Implementation of New Rate Caps on Local Services

Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – March 24, 2016 – On Thursday, for the second time in less than three weeks, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C granted a request by Global Tel*Link to delay implementation of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rate caps on intrastate Inmate Calling Services (ICS), refusing to allow the FCC to regulate intrastate rates until the court has fully resolved the issue of the FCC’s jurisdiction to impose limits on state and local authorities who currently oversee the regulation, security and affordability of those services.

The Court of Appeals panel granted an emergency request from GTL, who late last week challenged the FCC’s interpretation that a Court of Appeals stay on intrastate rate caps issued earlier this month had left unaffected certain definitional changes, which provided the agency the ability to regulate local ICS rates. The court issued its rejection of the agency’s “connect the dots” interpretation just hours after GTL submitted its final brief to the court.

“GTL will continue to work towards national ICS reform, but the goals of affordability, security and availability can only be resolved in a way that respects the substantial role of state and local policy makers in that process,” said CEO Brian Oliver. “The court’s decision underscores that view.

“As I have said many times, there is no one size fits all solution and the marketplace must solve the issue by working with individual communities to bring low rates to inmates. GTL will continue our work with facility partners to design solutions that allow our customers and their communities to bring affordable phone service to inmates in a way that is best for them.”

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GTL is the leading provider of integrated correctional technology solutions, delivering financial value, security, and ease of operation to our customers through visionary products and solutions at the forefront of corrections innovation. As a trusted correctional industry leader, GTL provides service to approximately fifty percent of inmates nationwide, including service to 33 state departments of corrections, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 33 of the largest city/county facilities. GTL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, with more than 10 regional offices across the country. To find out more about GTL, please visit our website www.gtl.net.

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Federal Court Again Halts FCC Plan To Regulate Intrastate ICS Rates

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.