Texas inmates will be given computer tablets
It might annoy you. I know I was shocked when I saw it. But it looks like Texas will be handing out computer tablets to nearly every inmate in the state. How many detainees will receive the tablets? Texas has 118,000 inmates. Some prisoners in difficulty will not get the pills. KVUE Reports the state is preparing to issue more than 110,000 tablets.
Bryan Collier, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said these tablets will come preloaded with educational materials, religious materials, and even books. They will also have access to music on the tablets. Inmates will be able to send and receive e-mail. But this correspondence will be delayed for at least 24 hours so that these emails can be filtered.
Texas-based Securus Technologies manufactures these tablets and has already signed agreements with more than 20 remediation services across the country. There is now a positive point in the distribution of these tablets. They will be free. Texas won’t pay a dime. Securus gives the state all the shelves. They will earn money when inmates buy content.
These devices can also be used for telehealth programs that could ultimately save the state money. Collier says it could be a game-changer for the prison system.
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All information was taken from the TDCJ and court records.
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