GTL Continues Process of Appeal Of FCC Order by Filing Stay in U.S Court of Appeals

Action Underscores Commitment to correctional facilities and friends and family of those incarcerated

Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – January 29, 2016 – Global Tel*Link (GTL), the leading provider of integrated correctional technology solutions, today announced the company has filed statement of legal issues, or a stay, with the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. This filing occurred on January 26, 2016.

The company has filed this stay following the January 22, 2016 denial of GTL’s previous filing before the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Other communication providers have joined GTL in filing similar statements.

Specifically, the statement cites issues with the November FCC decision to place caps on rates and fees for inmate calling services (ICS) for interstate and intrastate calls in correctional facilities, including jails, prisons and others, while neglecting to allow providers to include site commissions as a cost. The rate caps are unreasonably low and based on costs that exclude any payment of site commissions to facilities. GTL believes the FCC has exceeded its legal authority and instead has created a rule that fails to reform the industry, leaving limited room for the essential investment in technology and innovation needed to move the industry forward.

“For the benefit of all constituents, we are committed to continuing the legal journey until we have exhausted all available avenues,” said Brian Oliver CEO. “We have always advocated for a balanced approach toward reining in phone rates – one that relies on cost data and which is supported by evidence.” GTL believes this legal effort is necessary to continue to provide quality service, state-of-the-art technology, and administrative payments that enable facilities to recoup the costs of providing phone service to the inmate population.

Prison communications technology is essential to reducing recidivism and maintaining the safety and security of our nation’s correctional facilities, inmates, facility officers, and employees. Studies have shown that access to technology, including phones and other services, ensures that inmates are able to maintain essential support networks.

A decision on this filing is anticipated in late 2016, with briefings anticipated in the next few months, followed by oral arguments in the fall.

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About Global Tel*Link
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.

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GTL Continues Process of Appeal Of FCC Order by Filing Stay in U.S Court of Appeals

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.