GTL Reducing Recidivism with Educational Inmate Ops (Video)

GTL, an innovation leader in correctional technology has delivered more than 100,000 eBooks to offenders over its digital platforms. 

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.

Brian Peters, Executive Director of Inmate Hardware and Applications at GTL
Brian Peters, Executive Director of Inmate Hardware and Applications at GTL

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.”

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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.

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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.

Dr. Turner Nashe, GTL Senior Vice President of Educational Services
Dr. Turner Nashe, GTL Senior Vice President of Educational Services

“We possess the longest running mass-deployed digital education platform within corrections,” said Dr. Turner Nashe, GTL Senior Vice President of Educational Services.

“We have built a content distribution suite for corrections with over 65,000 titles available for jails and prisons.”

“Our patent-pending proprietary digital platform provides a best-in-class solution for anyone that requires the secure distribution of content over a tablet—from inmates to corrections officers to schools.”

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GTL’s digital platform, combined with its Inspire® tablets, allows for complete over-the-air (OTA) control of proprietary operating systems, including remote management of all system settings, applications, and firmware.

All operating system settings are remotely managed OTA, allowing GTL to remove from the tablets the user-interactive settings application of the operating system.

This prevents inmates from using the settings to bypass security controls, further enhancing its already very robust security features.

Just as many well-known consumer product lines can push new firmware onto devices remotely, GTL can push content and system upgrades on demand throughout the product life-cycle. 

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“Offenders have benefited from gaining access to titles from all the major educational publishing houses. We have built our systems with room to grow and we will expand our content as necessary to meet the needs of our customers,” continued Dr. Nashe.

“Our mission since inception has been to fight crime and recidivism through increased education.”

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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.