The New York Department of Corrections has announced it's going to provide tablets computers for nearly 50,000 inmates as part of a new policy.
A Department of Corrections and Community Supervision spokesperson confirmed the new technology that will be available to the inmates very soon.
JPay, a privately owned company affiliated with the jails in New York, will be providing the tablets at no additional charge to inmates.
"Similar to purchasing a song on iTunes or an online game, incarcerated individuals will have the same opportunity to purchase entertainment and media products and download them onto the JP5 device. There are fees associated with those purchases, as well as sending emails," JPay said to <a href="http://www.wgrz.com/mobile/article/news/local/nys-inmates-to-get-free-tablets/71-513254291"> WGRZ</a>.
This will allow them to purchase ebooks, pdfs, games, and videos.
The hope is to cut down on violence in the prison system as well as generate new revenue from the sales of the apps on the tablets.
"The corrections facilities are glass free. Glass is actually contraband, in that it's not allowed," said Joe Miano, Western Region Vice President of NYSCOPBA. "In that, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision would be giving every inmate a glass tablet."
Each tablet will have access to education and raw materials and give inmates the ability to email friends and family through a secure line.
Families of victims of violent crimes are incredibly unhappy with the measure.
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