GTL Unveils Education Management Offering for Corrections Professionals and Inmates

GTL’s Inspire tablets provide the most secure educational platforms available; new offering also aligns with U.S. Government Pell Grant initiative for inmates

Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – July 27, 2016GTL, the leading provider of correctional technology solutions and an innovator in payment services solutions for government, today announced an educational solution for correctional facilities to deliver a broad range of learning opportunities and courseware to inmates.

According to a 2013 study by the RAND Corporation, inmates who participate in education programs while incarcerated have a 43 percent lower chance of recidivating than those who did not have access to such programs. The same study indicated that inmates who participate in educational programs have 13 percent better odds of landing a job after their release. GTL’s new education management offering helps corrections facilities reduce recidivism by giving them new ways to deliver a wide range of courseware to inmates.

Versatile and Secure Wireless Tablet Platform

The educational offering from GTL is based on Inspire™, a purpose-built corrections-grade inmate tablet with an advanced technology platform and versatile operational program. “Inspire is at the heart of our Corrections Education Management offering,” said Tim Skaja, Senior Vice President of Product Management & Service Delivery at GTL.

Inspire features custom software which provides a range of services in addition to e-learning, including inmate phone calling, inmate messaging, inmate services such as commissary ordering and grievance filing, streaming music, a subscription game center, and access to a law library. Additionally, five layers of security are used to prevent misuse, including secure physical and wireless networks, a customized operating system, and customized hardware and applications. “We have added to the broad range of services available to inmates on the technologically advanced and completely secure Inspire platform by delivering recidivism-reducing educational programs,” added Skaja.

Robust Learning Management System

The Learning Management System (LMS) for GTL’s Inspire tablet is similar to LMS platforms used in K-12 education. Providing role-specific access portals for inmates, educators, and correctional facility officers and administrators, the system allows inmates to log into the select coursework in areas of their liking while giving administrators the ability to manage registration and monitor progress.

Expansive Educational Content Library

With courseware delivered on Inspire tablets, inmates can study for a high school equivalency exam or learn life skills such as time management, problem solving, decision-making, anger management, and many others. The system also gives inmates access to more than 7,000 videos and 20,000 interactive exercises on subjects such as English, mathematics, history, and science, including many that align with Common Core State Standards. Third-party educational programs can be incorporated quite easily since the LMS supports content packaged according to popular e-learning specifications such as SCORM, allowing correctional facilities to work with local educational institutions and other third-party providers to add content as needed.

GTL Solution Aligns with Federal Government Program

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education launched the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program for incarcerated individuals, a bold experiment to test whether participation in high quality education programs increases after expanding access to financial aid for incarcerated individuals. On June 24 of this year, the DoED announced that nearly 70 colleges and universities were selected to participate in the 2016-2017 award year.

Combining this government-sponsored program with GTL’s Corrections Education Management solution can give inmates the opportunity to earn a certificate, an Associate degree, or a Bachelor’s degree (where offered and as eligible). “GTL has been providing innovative technology to the corrections market for a quarter of a century, and is eager to partner with those educational institutions and correctional facilities chosen to participate in the program,” concluded Skaja.

Visit us at www.gtl.net/education to learn more and to connect directly with a GTL education program specialist. GTL will be showcasing its Corrections Education Management offering at the Correctional Education Association’s 71st Annual International Conference in Long Beach, California, July 31 – August 3, 2016.

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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 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.