OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma jail inmates are set to obtain tablets as a part of a brand new program and partnership with the Oklahoma Division of Corrections and the communications firm Securus Applied sciences.
The tablets are free to the state and are being offered by the communications firm. They’ve completely no entry to the web. Officers with the division of corrections stated they may present studying alternatives and provides them the prospect to maneuver “paperless.” Inmates can fill out paperwork and different mandatory paperwork whereas incarcerated.
“That is simply going to be a optimistic for everyone within the state of Oklahoma,” stated Justin Wolf, Chief Administrator of Communications with the Oklahoma Division of Corrections.
It’s a borderline brand-new system to the state that is rolling out as we speak. The inmates can use the tablets of their cell and anyplace on the jail property.
“We’re actually enthusiastic about this program,” Wolf stated. “It’s going to supply a variety of companies to our inmates.”
The tablets will work on the interior system of Securus Applied sciences. That is the corporate that received the bidding to supply them and cellphone companies for prisons. Wolf stated they’re constructed particularly for prisons.
“These are inbuilt with a number of countermeasures to stop tampering,” Wolf stated. “We’re not grabbing tablets off the shelf at Greatest Purchase.”
Nonetheless, they’ve completely no entry to the web by any means.
“They don’t even have the capability to succeed in the web as a result of they aren’t constructed for web companies,” Wolf stated.
As an alternative, they supply entry to half one million books and even act as a cellphone for calls inmates could make of their cells.
“There’s additionally premium content material that’s obtainable, leisure content material and issues like that, that inmates should purchase,” Wolf stated.
On the opposite facet, KFOR’s Facebook page blew up with individuals not happy concerning the resolution. One remark learn, “Are we offering a car subsequent week?” Two others studying, “What concerning the poor kids that didn’t have one for digital education?” and “That is horrible. Youngsters can’t get tablets to make use of for varsity.”
KFOR checked with the Oklahoma Schooling Affiliation. They stated they’re on board. Their full assertion could be learn under.
“Schooling is a good equalizer, one thing nobody can take from you after you have it. We imagine all incarcerated individuals ought to have entry to instructional packages by way of the correctional system.”
ALICIA PRIEST, PRESIDENT OF THE OKLAHOMA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
Wolf and the Division of Corrections additionally stated it was a part of an even bigger image.
“We work on integrating them again in with society,” Wolf stated. “As our inmates are launched there’s a variety of abilities that they should have and a type of is pc and digital literacy.”
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The Division of Corrections does profit from this contract financially. They’re slated to obtain $3.5 million yearly by way of the primary 5 years of the contract with the communications firm and $3.75 million for the subsequent 5 years after that. All inmates ought to have a pill of their arms by the tip of September.
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