CDCR Inmate Telephone Information

Inmate Telephone Service Information

For almost 20 years, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has been receiving inmate/ward telephone services from GTL, resulting in quality communication and enhanced deposit services.

  • PREPAID COLLECT: GTL’s prepaid collect option, AdvancePay®, allows a friend or family member to set up a calling account to his or her phone number without the restrictions of standard billing. Every time calls are made and accepted to a prepaid number, the charges are deducted from the account. Prepaid accounts can be set up for all types of numbers, including cell phones. Friends and family should visit ConnectNetwork.com or call 866.607.6006 to set up an AdvancePay account today.

    Note that if an account remains inactive for a period of one-hundred and eighty (180) days from first notification of inactivity, GTL will close the account.

  • Collect: Calls to certain approved numbers and the call charges will remain the same as they do today on your monthly phone bill. However, note that collect calls cannot be made to cell phones, office phones, VOIP provided service phones, or hospital numbers. Collect calls are dependent on your phone provider’s acceptance of collect calls.

For Customer Service Inquiries, please contact 1-866-607-6006.

GTL places a high priority on customer satisfaction. If a customer feels that their issue is not resolved according to existing policy and regulations, they can request a supervisor. Furthermore, GTL maintains an entire escalations team that is solely dedicated to issues that require, for example, additional research – ensuring that the escalation is handled as quickly as possible.
Additional contact information for our customer service team can be found by visiting our online billing support center.

For international customers, please visit our AdvancePay International section for additional information on setting up your account.

There are several ways to receive calls from inmates, including collect and prepaid collect. Collect calls are billed to the called party every month through their phone carrier company.
If you receive a high number of collect calls, you may have reached the billing limit allowed by your local phone company. Once you reach a maximum phone bill amount, you may be at a risk of being blocked from receiving future collect calls from an inmate. In such instances, you can call GTL at 866.607.6006 to sign up for a prepaid calling account and begin receiving calls again. In addition, online account registration and deposits are available through ConnectNetwork.com.

You can sign up for a prepaid calling account today if you experience any of the following:

  • You have a collect call restriction by your local phone provider
  • You have exceeded the collect call limit
  • You are unable to receive inmate calls on your cell phone, office phone, hospital phone or other commercial phone numbers
  • Your local telephone company does not bill for inmate collect calls
  • Your phone number is blocked from receiving inmate collect calls
  • You have a high collect call bill and want to manage your calling budget

Please note in order to receive calls to cell phones, inmates must call either prepaid collect or use their inmate debit calling account.

There are multiple ways to block calls from inmates as needed. Any incoming call can be refused at any time by hanging up. The call will be disconnected and the inmate will be informed their call was not accepted.
Any incoming call can be blocked permanently from a correctional facility by pressing “7” when prompted.
You can also call the GTL customer service department at 866-607-6006 and they will be able to help block future calls from a facility.

You can remove a block on your telephone number by calling the GTL customer service department at 866-607-6006.

Please note there are other reasons why your phone number may be blocked from receiving collect calls from correctional facilities. These include:

  • Your local telephone company does not offer billing on collect calls
  • You have reached the maximum dollar amount limit allowed for collect calls
  • You are trying to receive collect calls on a cell phone or work phone

You can sign up for the easy-to-use and convenient prepaid calling program offered by GTL, by either Clicking Here to sign up online or calling 866-607-6006.

For instructions on setting up your cell phone to receive phone calls from the CDCR, please visit our Friends and Family Information section.

Global Tel*Link, in conjunction with the CDCR, monitor and record all connected phone calls. For additional information on this policy, please visit our Friends and Family Information page.

CDCR Inmate Telephone Information

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.