Media Coverage

California prison phone rates to fall under new contract with vendor

The Orange County Register – March 1, 2021

Inmates at California state prisons will save $17 million a year on telephone calls under the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s new contract with its phone vendor. The six-year contract with GTL sets rates at 2.5 cents per minute for all calls, a reduction of 5.1 cents for in-state calls and a reduction of 18.5 cents per minute for calls outside California, said a news release Monday. Continue Reading

Raising opportunity; Okra, bees and GED among new programs at JC Jail

Cleburne Times Review – February 14, 2021

What began as a wish on Johnson County Sheriff Adam King’s part to develop productive activities for Johnson County Jail inmates soon grew into an abundance of opportunity with more to come. From a fiscal point of view, the programs fund themselves without reliance on taxpayer dollars. For participating inmates they offer a possible fresh start and, King and others hope, stepping stones toward a more positive way of life. Continue Reading

New app to help California family, friends schedule video visits with inmates at 4 state prisons

KTLA5 – January 16, 2021

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has announced a new tool to help friends and family visit inmates. The Visitation Scheduling Application app can be accessed on smartphones, tablets and computers and allows approved visitors to easily schedule their own video visits and receive instant confirmation. Continue Reading

York County Prison may reduce inmates’ phone call costs

York Dispatch – January 14, 2021

The cost for inmates to make phone calls at York County Prison would decrease under a proposed new contract with Global Tel Link, the company that provides tablet and phone services to the prison, officials said Wednesday. Continue Reading

Where Are They Now: Deb Alderson in 2021

Washington Exec – January 10, 2021

Deb Alderson is on a mission to improve her own industry as she leads GTL from the CEO suite. Alderson, who spent decades in government contracting, has been at the helm of the communications technology firm for nearly 2 years, working to drive down costs, double down on efforts to connect incarcerated individuals with family and friends on the outside, and create a safer environment for law enforcement by leveraging the company’s proprietary technology solutions. Continue Reading

With in-person visits halted, Luzerne County will offer video chats to inmates

Times Leader – January 3, 2021

Luzerne County’s prison system has started implementing a new program that allows inmates to virtually visit friends and family members through video using computer tablets. Continue Reading