JANUARY 24, 2018 LEBANON, KY – The Marion County Detention Center will upgrade its video visit solution with corrections technology leader Telmate, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GTL. The services will now include remote video visits on Telmate Tablets as well as “at facility” visits on lobby video visitation stations. Telmate installs and maintains their advanced visitation solution at no cost to the facility or taxpayer.
In addition to this new technology, Marion County will also be piloting the Inmate Education Systems (IDS) platform on Telmate Tablets. Education has been shown to help reduce recidivism, by driving life skills such as job preparation, which helps steer inmates towards a more productive, positive life path.
“We’re excited to provide inmates the opportunity to become more prepared and contributing members of our community once they’re released,” said Marion County Jailer Barry Brady. “By using modern technology like the Telmate Tablet, inmates will have access to the IDS education platform and life skills.”
Tablets also facilitate video visits that make it more convenient for friends and family to connect, while helping facilities increase operational efficiencies, gain investigative data, and eliminate security issues associated with inmate escort for visitation.
Studies show that inmates with frequent connections to the outside world are more likely to refrain from conduct that would cause them to jeopardize early release.
Telmate video visits are video phone calls between inmates and their friends and family. Inmates use a Telmate Tablet mounted in a charging station within their housing area, and friends and family use either their personal computer or smartphone, or the lobby video visitation station at the facility.
Not only do tablets help streamline operational efficiencies for facilities, they also benefit inmate well being by helping turn idle, stressful time into positive time, and by giving inmates access to needed tools such as commissary ordering, crime tips, PREA reports, paperless grievances, requests.
For more information about Telmate’s Video Visitation solution visit: www.telmate.com/inmatevideovisits.
About the Marion County Detention Center
The Marion County Detention Center opened in July of 1997. The facility houses approximately 300 inmates, both male and female. Its mission is to ensure all employees are knowledgeable of the baseline standards and are adequately trained to carry out their duties in accordance with standards. Their duty is to house incarcerated offenders in a manner that protects the public and institutional safety while providing a legal standard of care and to provide programs intended to reduce the likelihood of re-incarceration.