Prison Problems

Inmates to Feel the Touch of Tablets in Winnebago County Jail

It’s customary for prisoners to poses only, the necessities required in prison. The basics include jumpsuits, towels, and sandals for those in Winnebago County Jail. But today, according to the jail superintendent Bob Redmond, the future calls for changes. The inmates, therefore, stand the chance of receiving tablets. As a matter of fact, he has already contacted the tablet vendors. The move to issue tablets to the inmates rose after a tender with an inmate telephone service provider; Legacy Inmate Communications got terminated. The tender got terminated after a unanimous vote by the County Public Safety Committee. The terminated tender allowed the company to charge inmates a cost of 55cents for local calls and 21 cents for interstate calls.

 

The revenue generated got shared with the county. However, Legacy Inmate Communications was two months behind schedule in payment. Additionally, Redmond said that the company failed to keep all the phones functional. The company got awarded with the termination letters with a three months’ notice. There was a case where all phones in one pod failed. Therefore, as it is a right for the inmates to make phone calls, more guards got requested to escort the prisoners to different sections with working phones.

 

According to Redmond, trouble arises when only one phone is working in the pod. Issues occur when inmates take too long on the phone and while others are unable to make calls at specific times. Therefore, bringing wireless tablets ensures the risk to guards gets minimized. However, the tablets employ the prison standards ensuring they are rugged and secure. The tablets exhibit no social media capabilities and cannot access the internet. Inmate calling services are offered by two major companies in the USA. They include Securus Technologies and GTL Technologies who also have had a share of criticism directed to them for exploiting innmates

 

Knox County Commission Expands The Use Of Tablets For Prisoners

On Monday, the Commission granted permission to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to make another purchase of 900 tablets for the cost of $425 each which will be purchased from the money that they made out of the first 300 tablets that they had bought a few months back. If reports are to be true, the county makes about $15,000 a month through the calls and messages that the inmates and their families make. The inmates are charged 40 cents for each message, $5.99 for half an hour video call and $4.99 for using a tablet for 24 hours.

 

 

Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones was unmoved by the critics on providing tablets to inmates for entertainment. He said that there is no system where the criminals give back something to the tax payers as they are the ones who use the taxpayers’ money to live comfortably in the prisons. He has worked with the department for 36 years, and he had never seen such an excellent opportunity where the criminals are able to pay back something to the taxpayers. According to him, this was the main reason why they chose to buy tablets for the prisoners.

 

 

The prisoners cannot access the internet and social media websites through the tablets. Since the introduction of the tablet, the contact between the jail staff and the inmates has been significantly reduced, that has reduced the chances of injuries. The tablet program was introduced in 2015 and can access special programs such as Intensive Treatment Program and GED program. Inmates can also access educational and religious books. Inmates can schedule haircuts and also seek medical help if needed.

 

 

Jones said that they would never bring anything into the jail to entertain the inmates. He also clarified that making money was not their primary motive, the safety of the inmates and the jail staff was.

 

Inmate Communication Is Beneficial To Inmates And Their Loved Ones

The advanced telecommunication systems in prisons and jails allow for direct communication between inmates and their loved ones. The staff of correctional facilities can monitor and record such conversations. Most telephone systems in these facilities are based on contract where the service providers are required to pay commission to such institutions. After receiving numerous complaints from families of inmates concerning the high charges of phone calls, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigated the matter.

In 2014, they started capping inmate phone rates. Families used to pay as high as $18.00 for a 15-minute call. FCC proposed a capping that would make sure that the charges for a 15-minute phone call do not exceed $4. Correctional facilities and other law enforcement groups opposed the new caps. However, the FCC argued that the previous rates were causing undue financial strains to inmates and their loved ones. Some of the telecommunications companies retaliated by increasing their charges on local calls. This information was originally mentioned on Penitentiary Blog as explained in this link http://penitentiaryblog.com/what-you-might-not-know-about-the-inmate-communications-industry/

Advancement in technology has enhanced communication in jails and prisons where inmates can now easily contact anyone through emails, texts and social media. Despite the inmates’ limited accessibility to these forms of communication, there are concerns that these individuals can use such time to plan how to escape from a facility. Other people have argued that even though the conversations are heavily monitored, some inmates can use coded language to communicate. Many inmates might not use the phone too often. This is because of the high charges. However, the expensive inmate call rates are a small price to pay for an inmate planning to escape.

On the good side, inmate communications serves a good purpose. With the freedom to call anyone, an inmate may use such time to talk to those in authority. Richard Tabler, an inmate on death row, contacted Texas Senator, John Whitmire, to complain about how he was being mistreated. Whitmire used his position on the criminal justice team to bring changes to Richard’s stay at the correctional facility. This is a good example of how inmate communication could be used to improve inmates’ lives in prisons and offer them a chance to see the outside world while behind bars. This information was originally reported on Penitentiary Blog as outlined in the following link http://penitentiaryblog.com/inmate-communications-a-valuable-tool-or-a-dangerous-threat/

 

Global Tel-Link Takes Advantage of People who Need to Talk to Loved Ones

Global Tel-Link is what some people call the AT&T of prisons. These guys have been dominating the industry for years, along with a handful of other companies. I mention AT&T because, like them, Global Tel-Link is in a world of trouble for trying to stiff the American people with their evil ways.

What do I mean by evil ways? Well, I do not know how much of this story has gotten out, but as far as I know, the company has forced unfair rates on people who just want to talk to their loved ones in jail. Think about that; these people might have done something bad, but that does not mean they do not have people who care about them and love them. According to PR News, these people are now being forced to pay a lot of money to communicate with them.

I would understand if the prisoners were forced to pay since they need to be punished, but why are their loved ones punished with high prices? Did they do something wrong? Apparently, Global Tel Link thinks it is okay to charge people up to 89 cents per minute. The ACLU and FCC called the company out and tried to establish a cap, but Global Tel-Link fought them tooth and nail.

It seems like GTL was able to defeat the FCC, which really makes you question how much power we are giving large companies. I know that some people out there trust multi-billionaires more than the government, but I tend to go the other way around. Why would rich people give two-cents about the people? I hope that something happens so that we can stop this inmate communication company from taking advantage of hard working Americans who are related to people who made mistakes. http://mythreecents.com/reviews/global-tel-link

COMMUNICATION ENDS FOR 1997 PRISONER.

It appears that a convicted 1997 murderer has finally been executed just a few days ago. Hit the jump for more. (http://www.jacksonprogress-argus.com/news/local/georgia-inmate-executed-for-police-officer-killing/article_c4ef04c1-de3c-5b2e-a232-e66764e3d303.html)

According to this online news piece, the state prison outside of Jackson has successfully, recently, and fully executed a Mr. Gregory Paul Lawler….who was sixty three years old.

 

We can see that:

“Lawler was convicted in 2000 of the murder of Atlanta Police Officer John Sowa. Lawler fired on both Sowa and his partner, Officer Patricia Cocciolone, as the officers escorted Lawler’s girlfriend home after a night of drinking. Lawler was convicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder….” (pg. 1, paragraph 1)

There truly is, as they say, no rest for the wicked. Yet who are we to judge in the end? It is not in our hands…..but both fate and time do tell all, and reveal the worst or best in a person.

 

The UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT has fully summarized the case, and has like wise analyzed the fact that the crime took place in Atlanta, Georgia….and near an apartment there, to be exact. It makes sense. Mr. Lawler was himself from this respected city.

 

Lawler took over a dozen shots out of his gun. There was a six hour standoff with Lawler and the police. A hostage negotiator was successful in getting Lawler to back down and surrender himself, making something which could have been far worse….far better and more easy to deal with. Justice was found, but the waiting and processing time would not be so quick. As we can see from this specific case, many details were involved…and Lawler remained in prison until his ultimate death.

 

IC Solutions Is Not The Company That Helps Anyone

I’m a firm believer that when it comes to the world, everyone should be working together and working as one. When that happens, the world is a much better place for everyone involved. However, when people go outside of the system, there are real issues and real concerns to be worried about, as there are people with motives of their own. That is IC Solutions, the inmate communications company. They only have their own self interests in mind. Even though people are paying them for a service, as pointed out on pissedconsumer.com, they are not providing that service. They are simply ripping people off left and right.

They have made a pretty good living ripping people and there is no end in sight. I ask myself who are these people? Why are they doing it? What fuels them? I then remind myself that, like most things in life, it is all about money. Money can cause people to do some crazy things and it can cause people to act in ways they normally would not. That does not justify what they are doing, but it is the reality of how they are acting. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure that out.

This is the just one link of many in regards to IC Solutions, as they are the type of company that does not care about their bad reputation, as the song goes. They enjoy it, I tend to believe. They read about it, and they know that there is little to nothing that anyone can do about it in this type of situation. That makes me sad, to be honest. It should not be this bad and it should not reach these levels. There has to be a way to compromise, but how do you compromise with someone that is not willing to?

Read More: http://icsolutions.pissedconsumer.com/ic-solutions-shady-fraudulent-company-20141224574304.html

COMMUNICATION ENDS FOR 1997 PRISONER.

It appears that a convicted 1997 murderer has finally been executed just a few days ago. Hit the jump for more. (http://www.jacksonprogress-argus.com/news/local/georgia-inmate-executed-for-police-officer-killing/article_c4ef04c1-de3c-5b2e-a232-e66764e3d303.html)

According to this online news piece, the state prison outside of Jackson has successfully, recently, and fully executed a Mr. Gregory Paul Lawler….who was sixty three years old.

 

We can see that:

“Lawler was convicted in 2000 of the murder of Atlanta Police Officer John Sowa. Lawler fired on both Sowa and his partner, Officer Patricia Cocciolone, as the officers escorted Lawler’s girlfriend home after a night of drinking. Lawler was convicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder….” (pg. 1, paragraph 1)

There truly is, as they say, no rest for the wicked. Yet who are we to judge in the end? It is not in our hands…..but both fate and time do tell all, and reveal the worst or best in a person.

 

The UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT has fully summarized the case, and has like wise analyzed the fact that the crime took place in Atlanta, Georgia….and near an apartment there, to be exact. It makes sense. Mr. Lawler was himself from this respected city.

 

Lawler took over a dozen shots out of his gun. There was a six hour standoff with Lawler and the police. A hostage negotiator was successful in getting Lawler to back down and surrender himself, making something which could have been far worse….far better and more easy to deal with. Justice was found, but the waiting and processing time would not be so quick. As we can see from this specific case, many details were involved…and Lawler remained in prison until his ultimate death.

 

Global Tel-Link: Another American Horror Story Of The Rich Getting Richer Off The Poor

It’s not difficult to understand that the families of people who commit crimes across the country are usually in the lower socioeconomic strata. There is a prevailing sense that if you are poor in this country, the only way you can make money is to scam it or steal it. Many of the people who try to scam or steal get caught and thrown into prison. But the scamming and stealing does not stop there.

You’re probably unfamiliar with the company Global Tel-Link. According to PrisonTalk Forums, they are a $500 million per year telecommunications company. But you’re not going to contract them to provide you with Internet service or phone. They only exist to provide telephone services to prisoners inside the prison and their families. And they have a bigger scam (watch this YouTube video) going than any of the convicts ever did. And here you can find the plight of poor families with loved ones in prison.

Global Tel-Link is the only way for these families to communicate with their loved ones on the inside. Global Tel-Link ensures this by getting government contracts to provide telephone service while promising that same government kickbacks in the form of commissions off every call. The price is then passed on to the families of the prisoners with calls costing well over one dollar per minute.

This kind of squeeze can really crush a lower socioeconomic family. Many families cannot even afford to set up an account with Global Tel-Link, and the unfortunate few that do have to deal with terrible customer service and calls that are often dropped. This is a stunning example of corporate welfare, where the government outsources services with exclusive contracts to make certain companies wealthy by ensuring a lack of competition. It’s just another example in the United States of the rich getting richer while the poor get poorer. Visit https://action.aclu.org/global-tel and see what you can do.

 

Massachusetts Sheriff Upset About Losing Commissions From GTL

Families of Hampden County, Massachusetts inmates don’t have to strain their budgets anymore to stay in contact with their loved ones, thanks to the FCC. A 15 minute call used to cost $17, now inmates can talk for 30 minutes for only $3.60. GlobalTel Link, the inmate telephone service provider, was paying the jail a 74 percent commission on the cost of each call, which amounted to approximately $89,000 per month in the jail’s coffers according to an article posted on MassLive.com.

Sheriff Michael J. Ashe Jr., who runs the jail, was not happy with the FCC’s ruling; he even went so far as to threaten to eliminate the inmate’s telephone service. Responding to a MassLive inquiry, the communications officer for the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department said that it costs the department $165,487 per year in administrative costs to maintain telephone services for inmates and the remainder of the money from commissions is used to fund various programs for inmates. Critics, however, cite the bloated Hamden County Sheriff’s Department large, 27-person administrative staff, each of whom earns a six-figure salary, as the reason the Sheriff needed the commissions from GlobalTel Link.

Inmates still have access to telephones to contact their families, however, there is no word yet if the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department will maintain the programs that that were funded by the high commissions.

Inmate Visitation – A Way to Keep Inmates Calm or a Breeding Ground for Problems

More and more prisons are turning to video visitation as a way to minimize physical contact with visiting population. While this may relieve some of the stress from prison officials, but it causes a lot of controversy between inmates and inmate families. Many inmates thrive on the ability to have physical contact with their family and enjoy a friendly face to face visit. Unfortunately, many families are putting a stop to this, which is causing quite a bit of tension and confusion.

Even the staff in these facilities are conflicted about whether or not removing contact visits would be beneficial to the facility, but what will it cause when it comes to inmate behavior?

Here are what staff members and other power that be think about the changes.

The Positive Effects of Physical Contact Visits

Contact with family is essential to the rehabilitation process. This is the only physical contact inmates have with other people and it can be extremely beneficial to the human psyche. Many prison officials openly state that no contact visits do not decrease the likelihood of contraband entering the prison. Prisoners still find a way to smuggle drugs in. Removing contact visits creates more stress and increases the likelihood that prisoners will find another method of smuggling in larger amounts of drugs.

Many prison officials are taking the side of keeping contact visits, but increasing security and after visit searches to ensure there is no contraband smuggled in.

Other security personnel feels that screening and checking visitors better will be a more beneficial way to handle the contraband issue. This is because inmates look forward to visitation, which causes them to have better behavior when they are walking on the compound.

Allowing face to face inmate visitations greatly reduces the violence inside of prison walls. Many security officials believe that removing face to face visitations will increase the number of violent acts inside of prisons, as well as an increase in inmate physical attacks leading to death.

While reducing face to face visitations may reduce visitor to inmate contribution transmission, while others feel that the violence inside of prisons will increase dramatically.