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How Inmate Tablets in Prisons are Changing the Game in Arizona

Many are the people who, by small or larger offenses end up in jails all over the world. And, there are a few officials that think that inmate tablets in prisons can change the cards.

Having the rehabilitate and reenter society mindset is where it is all at! While many are pushing for tougher sentences, many are hoping to get inmates a better way into rejoining society. And, Arizona Department of Corrections officials believe that allowing inmates to access and use tablets while incarcerated is key.

Having inmate tablets in prisons could be one key factor to helping to fight the war on recidivism.
Having inmate tablets in prisons could be one key factor to helping to fight the war on recidivism.

One of the first steps when entering jail is to get rid of everything electronic, giving up all contact with the outside.

But hopefully, that will be a thing of the past in a few years in the United states. With the new technologies taking over everything, why not prisons? 

Inmate tablets in prisons are becoming a solution to many prison’s problems. Contraband, drugs, fights… They take up the staff’s time and energy when they could be securing the prison instead.

Capt. Sean Stewart of the Pima County jail in Arizona thinks inmate tablets are not short of a solution.

Inmate Tablets in Prisons: An Ambitious Task

Although they are far from being an option in all the countries in the country, inmate tablets are turning tables when it comes to combatting  the various afflictions jails have. According to Capt. Stewart, since implementing the program:

  • Suicide attempts have gone down 66%
  • Successful suicides down 100%
  • Staff assaults decreased by 60%
  • Inmate on inmate assaults have also down 40%.

In a general panorama, inmate behavior is looking better, and it will improve. They know tablet use is a privilege they may lose when they commit offenses within the prison premises.

Inmate Tablets in Prisons: Peeping Into the World

Arizona Department of Corrections stands by its decision to allow prison inmates to have and use tablets while behind bars.
Arizona Department of Corrections stands by its decision to allow prison inmates to have and use tablets while behind bars.

With the devices they entertain, educate and maintain communication with their loved ones.  It helps inmates foster the skills and relationships that allow them to reintegrate better into society after their release.

For the majority of the prisons, it has been a relief for prisoners to be able to talk to their families. They feel more in control of their emotions, less stressed and ultimately, more loved.

The inmate tablets allow inmates to access educational programs, cultural programs and messaging.

Capt. Stewart: Inmate Tablets in Prisons Are a Smart Choice

Not only are they a mentally healthy element, also a tool that saves up a lot of time .  They can go through message monitoring a lot faster for incoming and outgoing messages, looking for code words, strategies and overall suspicious activity. Officers in Pima County are more dedicated to keeping prisons safe.

They have their own server and the tablets are not connected to the interned, but instead to a carefully curated network.

In Arizona, they have faith that this inmate tablet pilot program is going to be a success in Pima county.  Hopefully,  it will spread out to other prisons across the United States, and technology will finally come into prisons.

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Mirza Gil is a full-time writer interested in everything social and controversial. She loves to drink coffee and watch documentaries about people of the world. Ms. Gil is a driven young professional with a passion for writing. She has collaborated with translating houses for Spanish, French, English and Portuguese. Mirza currently writes prison loved ones news for Prison Rideshare Network.

Mirza Gil

Mirza Gil is a full-time writer interested in everything social and controversial. She loves to drink coffee and watch documentaries about people of the world. Ms. Gil is a driven young professional with a passion for writing. She has collaborated with translating houses for Spanish, French, English and Portuguese. Mirza currently writes prison loved ones news for Prison Rideshare Network.

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