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Indiana Recommends Bid For Prison Computer Tablets

The idea to distribute tablets to adult inmates came after the successful implementation of a tablet program at Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility.

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The idea to distribute tablets to adult inmates came after the successful implementation of a tablet program at Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility.

The Indiana Department of Correction is negotiating with a company to provide tablets with educational and entertainment materials for all inmates.

The Indianapolis Star reports that inmates wouldn’t be charged for the tablets, but most services could carry a hefty cost for access.

State officials recommend the department select a bid from Virginia-based Global Tel Link, which would charge higher prices for services, including movie rentals and music subscriptions. Movie rentals would cost $8 and music subscriptions would cost $25.

The higher prices would generate profits from the company and help create a secure network accompanying the software.

According to the bid, Global Tel Link could generate $6.5 million each year through the tablets program, while the department could collect $750,000.

The department declined discussing the revenues during the negotiations.

The idea to offer tablets to IDOC inmates is the result of a successful pilot program at Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility. The use of tablets there not only improved educational outcomes, but also had a positive impact on behavior and communication.

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