Securus Technologies helps people confined to correctional facilities maintain their connections to the outside world. The inmate telecommunications company plans to expand its offerings in one Pennsylvania county jail. The Crawford County Jail may let inmates rent tablets, according to The Daily Item.
Inmates at the Crawford County Jail may soon be able to rent Android tablets for $20 per month. The families of the DOC prisoners can rent a tablet for a loved one by putting money into the individual’s commissary account. Prisoners enrolled in the GED or other educational programs can access the tablets for free. The inmate telecommunications firm does not plan to provide more than 15 tablets for free at the time of writing.
The county must approve the deal before anyone in the facility will be able to access the tablets. Officials hope it will reduce the stress of involuntary confinement. No one who rents or who is given access to the tablets will be able to use the Internet. Crawford County prisoners will be able to access an intranet within the jail instead. Preventing access to the Internet allows corrections officers to prevent prisoners from obtaining information from unapproved sources.
Securus Technologies provides inmate communications services to inmates throughout the country. It also provides recording solutions that reduce crime and help law enforcement officials investigate criminal activity.