Pima County Introduces GTL Tablet Services to Inmates

Now Launching Secure Tablets to 2,300 inmates at no cost to tax payers

Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – June 7, 2016 – Global Tel*Link (GTL) , the leading provider of correctional technology solutions and an innovator in payment services solutions for government agencies, today announced that by working closely with the Pima County Corrections Bureau, it has successfully completed a pilot program and will now expand the program making tablets available to all 2,300 inmates.. These secure tablets are equipped with features which allow inmates to work on personal rehabilitation while serving their sentences.

“GTL is pleased the initial concept phase for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department was a success and we are excited to move into a full launch of 2,300 inmate tablets. Working through the process with Pima County Corrections Bureau Chief India Davis, Captain Sean Stewart and other PCSD staff was seamless. We hope the successes in Pima County will encourage other counties to follow suit and get on board with our secure technology which is proven to work in the correctional ecosystem,” said Brian Oliver, CEO of GTL. “Our goal is to provide the most secure products and services to correctional facilities. The facility-wide launch of inmate tablets in Pima County validates our mission. Our efforts will ultimately have a positive effect on safety for correctional officers and inmates. Additionally, access to this new technology will help reduce recidivism rates by allowing inmates to improve themselves as they prepare for release. This is a win/win scenario for everyone involved.”

GTL’s tablets encourage good behavior and decrease the likelihood of violence in a correctional institution. Without any additional cost to taxpayers, inmates are given a secure, monitored connection to their friends and families as well as content that can help improve their lives. GTL is proud to have worked with Pima County as a partner in becoming the first large county jail to provide every inmate with a tablet. Inmates at Pima County now have a portable communication tool that not only makes phone calls, but will allow inmates to send short messages, order commissary items, purchase games and music subscriptions, check account balances, submit requests, submit grievances and pursue knowledge via educational platforms in a secure monitored environment.

“These tablets, which are really inmate communication devices because they run on a secure and fully monitored internal network, are the biggest enhancement to inmate management I’ve seen in my 24 years of working in corrections,” said Captain Sean Stewart of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. “GTL is following through with what was promised. This is an excellent behavior modification tool my staff can utilize to foster positive conduct from our inmate population. Having access to one of these tablets teaches inmates personal responsibility and enhances every aspect of corrections like no other product has,” concluded Captain Stewart.


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.