GTL encourages FCC, wireless carriers to take proactive action

GTL, an innovation leader in correctional technology, education solutions that assist in rehabilitating inmates, and payment services solutions for government, encourages the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take immediate action to address the nationwide public safety epidemic of contraband cell phones in jails and prisons, the company said.

Recently, a convicted kidnapper escaped a maximum-security prison in South Carolina by using a contraband cell phone to coordinate the delivery of wire cutters via a drone. While he was later apprehended, this is an issue that remains a serious public safety concern.

Recently, South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) Director Bryan P. Stirling and other policy makers have gone before the U.S. Department of Justice and the FCC asking them to take actions to defeat contraband cell phones for the safety of their corrections officers, employees, and for the public at large. GTL supports and shares in the concerns recently expressed by SCDC Director Stirling and other correctional administrators.

With over 25 years as a technology partner to corrections, GTL has deployed three times more Managed Access systems than any other industry provider, and we have learned through experience that Managed Access is very expensive and is not the silver bullet solution for combatting contraband cell phones.

GTL is deploying a Blended Technology approach, which addresses both supply and demand for contraband cell phones and has met with some success in efforts to keep these devices out of the hands of inmates.

GTL leads the fields of correctional technology, education, and government payment services with visionary solutions and customized products that integrate seamlessly to deliver security, financial value, and ease of operation for its customers and aid in rehabilitation and the reduction of recidivism rates for inmates.