Technology is in nearly every aspect of our daily lives—our phones, thermostats, cars, and even down to our ovens and garage doors openers.
Since the introduction of the smartphone, the expansion of the “internet-of-things” has grown exponentially over the last 15 years.
Technology has changed the way we drive, communicate with family and friends, get news, and educate our children.
Yet with the ubiquity of technology in our daily lives, innovations in corrections are slow to take root—balancing scientific data, public opinion, safety of the staff and community, respect for victims, and budgets means that corrections is seldom a place known for innovation.
It is during this same time that the expectation of the modern correctional facility has extended far beyond what many would have ever conceived a penitentiary to be beholden to.
So, while budgets shrink, correctional facilities have become the community mental health wards, vocational training centers, marriage therapy centers, health clinics, and libraries for an ever-growing inmate population.
Strapped with new requirements, corrections must adapt, and technology, namely tablet technology, may be the only means to achieve those objectives.
This new age in corrections is one in which the high expectations of the corrections system must be married with the technological innovation provided by industry to produce quantifiable reductions in both recidivism and costs.
(Meet the inmates and corrections officers of Alameda County, CA. They have been amazed by the transformative power of the Inspire Tablet and you will be too. GTL’s Inspire Tablet is the most advanced corrections grade tablet available on the market today, but more importantly it offers facilities and inmates to make meaningful changes that reduce recidivism and increase inmate safety. Courtesy of GTL and YouTube)
GTL’s Inspire tablet solutions feature education, entertainment, and efficiency applications that automate many activities and virtually all requests, allowing corrections officers to focus instead on operational aspects and security issues within a correctional facility.
Built on an Android-based system, the tablet features a multi-layered security architecture that makes it the most secure inmate tablet on the market.
It has been drop-tested to MIL-STD-810G standards and penetration tested by Nettitude.
The security architecture includes five distinct elements: network security, wireless security, operating system security, hardware security, and application security.
The applications available on the Inspire tablet give inmates tools to increase their readiness for re-entry into society and entertainment options to keep them occupied, leading to a safer correctional facility.
Inmate tablet technology has had astounding effects on educational attainment, recidivism, job placement, inmate violence, and interpersonal relationships.
(Members of GTL discuss data security in the corrections environment. Courtesy of GTL and YouTube)
The Efficiency solutions available on the Inspire tablet automatically create accountability by keeping records of all orders, requests, and grievances from inmates.
These automated processes save facilities time and money by eliminating paper forms and records, instead relying on seamless integration with current facility applications as well as those from third-party vendors, such as jail management systems, commissary systems, and more.
These applications reduce the interaction between inmates and staff, increasing safety and security, and include Requests to Staff, Grievance Filing, Commissary Ordering, Sick Call, Documents, Law Library, and more.
These applications are available at affordable subscription rates on GTL’s Inspire tablets, and all content has been curated specifically for the corrections environment and passed stringent security testing requirements.
GTL subscription services, such as Streaming Music, Game Center, eBooks, Newsfeed, and FM Radio, use one process for subscribing to several services and one inmate account for purchasing subscriptions—keeping the process simple.
Studies have shown that education improves an inmate’s chances of not reoffending—inmates who participated in correctional education programs had 43 percent lower odds of recidivating than those who did not participate in such programs.
GTL provides Educational Content to inmates via a Learning Management System (LMS) available on the Inspire tablet that is similar to platforms used in K–12 education.
Through the LMS, correctional facilities can work with local education providers to add content, track the progress of inmates, and set up virtual classrooms with specific content.
Inmates can enroll in courses and/or be assigned courses as part of their sentencing.
(GTL is changing the face of corrections through education. Learn how innovative new technology can be utilized to save the taxpayers while simultaneously helping those who were incarcerated to gain life skills necessary to gain meaningful employment to reduce their chances of returning to jail or prison. Courtesy of GTL and YouTube)
GTL’s LMS comes pre-loaded with self-help courses on topics ranging from job interview preparation to anger management.
In addition, there are GED® prep modules that offer engaging and comprehensive instruction in the areas of language arts, math, social studies, science, and consumer education to assist inmates in studying for a high school equivalency exam.
Inmates can study at their own pace and choose from 20,000 practice exercises and 7,000 instructional videos on subjects such as English, history, computer programming, and economics.
If a correctional facility subscribes to a law library, GTL can enable Law Library Access so that inmates have access to the library on a GTL Inspire® tablet.
Through the ever-evolving Inspire tablet, inmates can learn to manage their time and take responsibility for their lives.
An occupied inmate is a happy, and less troublesome, inmate.
Inspire tablets are the way of the future for correctional facilities that must juggle incarceration with rehabilitation.
GTL’s Inspire Tablet in 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of Physical, IT, Port Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, (Fire, EMT, Military, Support Services Vets, SBA, Medical Tech) as well as the Federal, State, County and Municipal Government Agencies – to acknowledge their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’
As an ‘ASTORS’ competitor, the GTL Inspire Tablet will be competing against the industry’s leading providers of Innovative Handheld Mobile Device Solutions.
American Security Today will be holding the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m, Wednesday, November 15th at ISC East, the Northeast’s largest security industry event, in the Jacob Javits Exhibition Center in New York City.
At ISC East you will have the chance to meet with technical reps from over 225 leading brands in the security industry, allowing you to find out about new products and stay ahead of the competition.
Encompassing everything from Video Surveillance and Access Control to Smart Home Technologies and Unmanned Security, you’re sure to find products and services that will benefit your company and clients.
Good luck to Global Tel*Link on becoming a Winner of the 2017 American Security Today’s Homeland Security Awards Program!
To learn more about the GTL Inspire Tablet, and their full line of Correctional Offerings, please visit http://www.gtl.net.