Partnership with Davidson County Sheriff Leads to Lowest Inmate Phone Call Rates in the State

Partnership with Davidson County Sheriff Leads to Lowest Inmate Phone Call Rates in the State

By: Vinnie Mascarenhas

On July 11, 2016, Davidson County (TN) Sheriff Daron Hall announced the culmination of negotiations with Global Tel*Link (GTL), implementing some of the lowest inmate phone call rates in the nation and the lowest in the state for inmates in Davidson County correctional facilities.

Sheriff Daron Hall has long maintained his commitment to lower inmate calling rates, stating that decreasing the financial burden on inmates and their families is paramount to ensuring inmates receive family support which has been shown as a key factor in reducing recidivism rates.

Research agrees with the Davidson County Sheriff, repeatedly demonstrating increased communication with loved ones helps to maintain community ties that are crucial to reducing the probability of recidivism.

In a press release announcing the new calling rates, Sheriff Hall applauded his county’s partnership with GTL, stating “[t]he phone service provider, Global Tel*Link (GTL), has proven to be a fantastic partner by ensuring we receive the service needed and, at the same time, get a contract in place that accomplishes the goal of assisting inmate families”.

In addition, inmate advocates applauded the Sheriff for his leadership in lowering calling rates and the county’s choice to divert from a commission-based model to ensure inmates can easily communicate with their friends and family members.

This recent announcement further demonstrates GTL’s commitment towards reducing recidivism by allowing inmates to maintain a connection with their support systems, such as friends and family members, while serving out their sentences. GTL is proud of being associated with the efforts of our partners in the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office and is committed to providing similar service and industry leading technology for correctional facilities of all sizes across the United States.

July 18, 2016 / Blog

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Partnership with Davidson County Sheriff Leads to Lowest Inmate Phone Call Rates in the State

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.