Magazine article Corrections Forum

8,000 Colo. Inmates Given Computer Tablets

Magazine article Corrections Forum

8,000 Colo. Inmates Given Computer Tablets

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Eight thousand prison inmates in Colorado have been given computer tablets with the ability to call loved ones from the inside, play games, read books, and listen to music, according to a story in Breitbart News reported by The Denver Post.

For instance, inmates at Four Mile Correctional Center in Cañon City can make calls on the new tablets anytime between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. They can also use the same device to listen to tunes from a streaming cache of 12 million songs, read books or play video games.

GTL Corp's Inspire pilot program seeks to distribute tablets to over 18,000 prison inmates, and eventually to every prisoner in the United States, according to the newspaper article.

It has met with mixed reaction. Inmates have said it focuses their minds on positive things, while a victims group complains that inmates should not be given a device that can help them continue their criminal enterprises in prison. …

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