In Nine Months GTL Deploys Over 1,000 Flex Link Units Nationwide

Correctional facilities see benefits in functionality and applications of GTL Flex Link units

Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – July 19, 2016 – Global Tel*Link (GTL) , the leading provider of correctional technology solutions and an innovator in payment services solutions for government, today announced the nationwide deployment of its 1000th Flex® Link multi-service kiosk unit – increasing GTL’s overall kiosk installs to over 10,000.

GTL’s Flex Link and Inspire tablet programs are a culmination of GTL’s efforts to provide customers with a unified enhanced services platform. “Over the last three years, we have spent millions of dollars redeveloping our service offerings and hardware platforms to ensure that correctional facilities can easily offer everything from educational services to video visitation without the burden of hardware and infrastructure changes,” said Brian Peters, Executive Director of Inmate Applications & Hardware at GTL. “The Flex Link product was launched less than nine months ago, and already over 1,000 Flex Link units have been installed across the United States – it’s a testament to our product management, development and service organizations to make this happen in such a short time.”

The Flex Link’s patent-pending design is adaptable to the corrections market, allowing units to be mounted to any pre-existing inmate telephone infrastructure. The slim design of the Flex Link provides a drastically reduced footprint on a correctional facility’s wall space. This all-in-one solution integrates some of the most commonly requested inmate services into one secure application – including ordering commissary items, and receiving incoming email messages – all while seamlessly interfacing with current facility applications and those from third-party vendors. Utilizing a multi-function device like GTL’s Flex Link eliminates the need to have several systems and processes within an inmate pod.

For more information about this technology or for a demonstration contact GTL today.

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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.