GTL Commends Its Customers as ICS Marketplace Implements New FCC Rules for Jails

After implementation of rules for correctional facilities in March, GTL worked side by side with its county and municipal partners to meet the FCC’s final deadline on terms best suited to each community

Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – June 20, 2016 – Global Tel*Link (GTL) , the leading provider of correctional technology solutions and an innovator in payment services solutions for government agencies, announced it has completed implementation of rate and fee changes affecting inmate calling services (ICS) for millions of inmates and their friends and families. Through these efforts, GTL has complied with new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules for ICS, which go into effect today nationwide for jail facilities, typically operated by county sheriff’s departments and municipal police.

GTL credits the engagement and leadership of law enforcement and state and county governments across the country who have worked in partnership with GTL during the past six months to negotiate revised ICS agreements. This initiative, including implementation for state correctional facilities in March, has ensured compliance with the new FCC rules on terms tailored to meet the unique needs and interests of each individual facility.

“We appreciate the courage and leadership demonstrated by law enforcement and state and county governments across the nation in making difficult choices about the provision of ICS in their facilities,” said GTL CEO Brian Oliver. “These local leaders have had to balance the interests of providing the highest level of security while seeking to meet the FCC’s goal of providing affordable service to inmates, friends and families. We appreciate our customers’ trust in GTL to help them get to a solution that was the best fit for their communities.”
Elements of the FCC’s new rules, including the portion seeking to cap rates on intrastate ICS, were stayed by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., earlier this spring. That case is unlikely to be resolved until next year.

“There is still much to be resolved at the FCC, in the courts and in the marketplace,” said Oliver. “Regardless, GTL will continue to work as a trusted partner with our customers to navigate this process together.” (See: GTL’s Inmate Phone Facts )

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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 32 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. You can also view us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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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.