GTL Launches Game Center Subscription Service on Tablets in Correctional Facilities

Unique approach provides inmates with suite of secured facility-approved games

Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – May 23, 2016 – Global Tel*Link (GTL) , the leading provider of correctional technology solutions and an innovator in payment services solutions for government, today announced the release of a ‘Game Center Subscription’ application, which unlike other gaming services in the corrections market, gives inmates access to a variety of games on their secure GTL tablet.

“Other vendors typically force inmates to purchase and download games individually,” said Brian R. Peters, Executive Director of Inmate Applications & Hardware at GTL. “We’ve taken a different approach by offering a subscription model which lessens the cost of gaming and provides an ever increasing variety of games.”

The GTL ‘Game Center Subscription’ will allow inmates to access a variety of facility-approved games that have passed GTL’s stringent security testing requirements. A subscription enables the inmate to receive unlimited access to a library of games until the subscription expires. The selection constantly changes based on the popularity of games with inmates and expands as new games are approved and released by our facility partners. GTL’s unique approach in the marketplace affords inmates, who may be serving shorter sentences, the ability to play and enjoy a wide variety of games at a fraction of the cost of purchasing the games individually.

One of the benefits of our Game Center Subscription deployment is a positive effect on inmate behavior. Facilities deploying individual GTL games are seeing significant improvements in inmate morale and behavior. This creates a calmer, and more secure correctional setting, increasing safety for the inmates and correctional staff.

GTL is proud to be the only company in the industry deploying a subscription service to customers. “Our Game Center Subscription service is unlike any others in the marketplace,” said Brian Peters. “We see unlimited value in giving inmates access to a large variety of games at a very fair price. Purchasing games individually is expensive and inmates become bored over time with the games they purchased and stop playing them. That’s the main reason GTL took a different approach, offering variety at a low cost, all the while maintaining security and increasing safety for our customers.”

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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. 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.