GTL Inspire® Inmate Tablet Now Offering eBooks Subscription

Inmates can now purchase a subscription with access to over 40,000 downloadable eBooks

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Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – April 17, 2017GTL , an innovation leader in correctional technology and payment services solutions for government, today announced it is now offering eBooks subscription options through the Inspire® inmate tablet. The Inspire eBooks application allows inmates to browse a vast library of reading material from categories, including fiction, non-fiction, classics, educational, vocational, self-help and more. Inmates can subscribe to the Inspire eBooks service – similar to GTL’s other Inspire subscription services such as streaming music and game center.

“There are many benefits for a facility to provide eBooks services with existing library and educational services,” said Brian Peters, Executive Director of Inmate Applications & Hardware at GTL. “This latest Inspire offering is designed from the ground up for the corrections environment to provide a secure, affordable, and efficient method for delivering literature to every inmate. Facilities also increase security by eliminating paper copies of books as another method of delivering contraband and the need to escort inmates to prison and jail libraries.”

With eBooks, inmates benefit from a greatly expanded world of literature options which enables them to improve upon vocabulary and reading comprehension skills, and develop creativity and self-image – increasing the likelihood of employment upon reentry. This expansive e-reading catalogue offered through the Inspire eBooks application accommodates all skill levels and reading preferences within an inmate population. “We’re noticing a shift in the corrections industry towards e-reading technology for educational purposes, particularly as studies have shown education is a path to reduced recidivism rates,” added Brian Peters.

Inspire’s latest application subscription, eBooks, provides inmates a digital e-reading experience with the ability to search and select from a library of over 40,000 books of their choice, save books on their ‘bookshelf’ using a customized bookmarking feature to save a page and pick up reading where they left off. To learn more about the GTL Inspire® inmate tablet’s offerings or for a product demonstration, contact GTL today.

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About GTL
GTL leads the fields of correctional technology and government payment services with visionary solutions and customized products that integrate seamlessly to deliver security, financial value, and ease of operation for its customers. As a trusted industry leader, GTL provides services to 32 state departments of corrections, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and 73 of the 100 largest city/county facilities, including 39 of the top 50, which comprise 1.9 million inmates nationwide. To learn more about GTL, please visit www.gtl.net or our social media sites on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About ConnectNetwork
GTL’s ConnectNetwork is the one-stop resource for friends and family members to connect with their incarcerated loved ones. Friends and family can deposit money into an inmate’s accounts, schedule and conduct video visits, and send messages. To learn more about ConnectNetwork, please visit www.connectnetwork.com. You can also view us on Facebook and Twitter.

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GTL Inspire® Inmate Tablet Now Offering eBooks Subscription

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.