Global Tel*Link aka GTL have announced a new line-up of products designed specifically for inmates and has detailed their program with the deployment of the new gadgets to the Alameda County Jail, California. According to the company that tries to innovate correctional facilities through technology, the new Inspire tablets that they’ve deployed are a success from multiple points of view. The inmates who have tried these wireless tablets in their cells can actually access educational materials and video chat with people for up to 4 hours each day.

The press release from GTL details the new Inspire tablet line-up in few words, it does explain how GTL spent about 3 years developing the Inspire tablet that’s made with inmates in mind. The team behind development has worked that long to make the tablets secure, unhackable to inmates and entertaining at the same time. The principle behind adoption of tablets by inmates is that by communicating in the privacy of their own cells and participating in educational and correctional tasks, through the gadget that GTL provides, their recovery and correction is smoother.

According to the company, by deploying tablets that inmates can use to chat with loved ones, stream music, read training, correctional and educational materials, anger management and read facility rules in their cells can contribute to better behavior, easier coping with circumstances in the prison system and help them maintain a more positive attitude towards their incarceration.

Although testing of the tablet for inmates program is still underway, GTL seems to be pretty happy with the Inspire tablet line-up that has been designed and developed according to each facility that it might be deployed too. Although not many people wonder about the prison system and its conditions, and even fewer try to improve the way in which the U.S. does rehabilitation through incarceration, GTL has something useful here.

GTL has made the necessary modifications to each Inspire tablet that inmates receive while incarcerated so that inmates will not be able to access settings or configurations, and as such, won’t be able to change what kind of content there is on each tablet and what activities are permitted on each tablet. Introducing technology in prisons, not for automation but for entertainment and education is a sign of progress, and hopefully the testing that GTL started in Alameda Country, California, will work out for the best and show actual results. We’re curious about what the inmates thought of the Inspire tablets when they first got a chance to use them in private.

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