Friends and Family Information

Convenient Account Management

GTL’s friend and family web portal, connectnetwork.com, is designed for friends and family members to set up and manage prepaid accounts for phone and any other GTL-provided services which may be available at each facility.

Account Management via ConnectNetwork.com

Answers to frequently asked questions about available products and services at each facility, different deposit account types, and how to make deposits using cash and credit/debit cards is available by clicking the “HELP” link on the upper right of any page on connectnetwork.com. Information about how to contact customer service is available by clicking the “CONTACT US” link on the upper right of each connectnetwork.com page.

Android Apps for Internet Visitations (where permitted)

In some facilities Internet-based visitations are available to users of Android smartphone and tablets via the VisMobile app. A companion app, VisMobile Add-On, allows users to register for and schedule visits. Together these apps gives users whose loved ones are incarcerated in facilities that allow Internet video visitation the opportunity to conduct video visits from their Android devices.

Customer Service Information

We now offer the ability to submit your customer service request online. To begin the process, please select the category below that pertains to your issue. Please provide as much detail as possible to help assist our Customer Service Representative investigate your request. If your request does not fall into one of the three categories below, please submit your request via the General Inquiry Contact Form

The quality of telephone calls to wireless devices and cordless phones that receive voice transmission via radio frequencies as opposed to over wires or cables may vary based on, among other things, a person’s movement, tower location and signal strength at any given point in a call. Accordingly, the quality and integrity of calls to cell phones and cordless phones cannot be guaranteed and dropped calls to cell phones will not be routinely refunded. Complaints concerning dropped calls and call quality from inmate facilities are investigated at the call origination point for the purpose of ascertaining whether an issue exists with the telephone equipment from which the call is placed.

Friends and Family

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.