GTL Enhances All Friends and Family Member Mobile Applications

Improved User Experience, Expanded services and Faster Processing Focus of Upgrade available for Android and iOS mobile devices

Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – August 1, 2016GTL, the leading provider of correctional technology solutions and an innovator in payment services solutions for government, today announced the launch of improved payment apps for Android and iOS mobile devices. These improved apps follow last month’s launch of GTL’s improved website for friends and family members, ConnectNetwork, which has provided users with a better, faster, and easier online experience.

“GTL is proud to improve the mobile experience of inmate friends and family members with our new apps which are available at no cost to friends and family members. These new mobile apps complement the rich online experience found on with improved capabilities to complete frequent transactions like adding funds to prepaid accounts,” said Steve Montanaro, Vice President of Consumer Channels at GTL. He added “We’ve taken the same holistic approach for the new ConnectNetwork site and applied it to the new mobile apps, including a brand new interface to make the user’s mobile experience faster, more convenient and simple. At GTL, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve our user’s experience. We started by revamping our ConnectNetwork website and have now followed with these downloadable mobile apps, which are available to our users nationwide.”

The mobile app provides users quick and intuitive access to ConnectNetwork’s most popular deposit services coupled with self-management options, including creating a ConnectNetwork account, managing their account information, making deposits into accounts and setting up low balance text alerts. The mobile app provides ConnectNetwork’s dashboard with the convenience of a mobile device, giving users the ability to make deposits for services like AdvancePay Phone (prepaid collect), Trust Fund and PIN debit (Inmate debit) while on the go.

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

About ConnectNetwork
ConnectNetwork is the one-stop resource for friends and family members to connect with their incarcerated loved ones. ConnectNetwork was designed especially for friends and family members with the goal of making it easy and convenient to receive phone calls, send messages, deposit money for services, and schedule and conduct visits with the comfort their transactions are safe, reliable and secure.
To find out more about ConnectNetwork, please visit our website You can also view us on Facebook or Twitter.

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GTL Enhances All Friends and Family Member Mobile Applications

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.