Wednesday, 17 October 2012 21:39

New laws help ex-inmates in Ohio find jobs

Hundreds of individuals are released from prison and back into communities annually across Ohio, and the Rev. Willie Peterson wants them to know where to seek help.

Published in Prisoner Support

One cannot say that correctional agencies have not made their best efforts to address the problem. On the contrary, most have been committed to risk reduction for some time.

The report points to several factors proven to work, such as risk assessment, re-entry planning and post-release supervision. Research also suggests there is a direct correlation between strong family support and successful re-entry. The frequency and quality of communication play a significant role in those relationships.

Published in Prison Legal News


A national health care company is preparing to take over the job of providing medical services at the Lane County Jail in one of several county government moves aimed at reducing costs at the lockup.

Published in Current Events
by David Carey | Published October 31, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Global Tel Link Inmate Phone Service Now Belongs To American Securities.

American Securities LLC on Friday signed a $1 billion agreement to buy Global Tel Link Corp. from rival New York buyout firm Veritas Capital, a person familiar with the matter said.

The target's owners and creditors will receive $950 million at closing and an additional $50 million if certain contingencies are met, the source said. No formal deal announcement will be issued, the source added.

Veritas declined to comment. Neither American Securities nor Global Tel Link returned phone calls.

Veritas, an 82% owner, stands to reap more than a 325% gain on its $115 million, nearly 3-year-old investment in the Mobile, Ala.-based provider of telecom services to federal prison inmates. GS Direct LLC, an investment arm of Goldman, Sachs & Co., will earn a similar return on its $15 million outlay.

Published in Inmate Telephone News

By David Siders Friday, Oct. 07, 2011 | 12:16 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday making it a misdemeanor for prison guards or visitors to smuggle cellphones to inmates, a bid to reduce inmates' ability to organize gang activity and other crimes from behind bars.

Senate Bill 26, by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, toughens penalties for inmates caught with cellphones and subjects the smugglers to as much as six months in jail and a fine of $5,000 per device. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed similar legislation last year, saying it was too soft on inmates and those who smuggle phones.

Brown, a Democrat, also issued an executive order instructing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to increase physical searches of people who enter prisons and to find a way to interrupt unauthorized cellphone calls.

Published in Prison Legal News

By Carlton Purvis



Every time someone smuggles a cell phone into a prison, another prisoner loses a ping pong ball. Well, not literally, but when a prisoner uses a cell phone illegally, it’s not only a safety issue, but it cuts into profits from the telephone system used to provide prisoner amenities.

In the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), 74 percent of revenue for prisoner’s amenities comes from the telephone system, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. The report is a public version of a prior report that was deemed law enforcement sensitive because it contained information about how cell phones were smuggled into prisons.

The Cell Phone Contraband Act of 2010 made it illegal to have cell phones in federal prisons. But despite the law, cell phone jammers, and technology to detect phones, cell phone use in prison is still growing.

In 2010, the BOP confiscated 3,684 cell phones from its institutions. Thirty-two percent of them were found in low, medium, or high security areas. The remainder was found in minimum security prison camps. In more secure facilities, the numbers had doubled from 2009.

The numbers show that there are obviously some problems keeping cell phones out. Corrections officials attribute the rise to the availability of small, low cost cell phones and the result of stricter searches.

Officials want prisoners to have contact with the outside world. It helps inmates maintain family and community ties. It also helps them reintegrate back into society when the time comes. What officials don’t want is for prisoners to do it illegally.

Using the prison telephone system, prisoners are usually limited to 15 minute phone calls. They pay six cents per minute for local phone calls and 23 cents for long distance phone calls. They can also call collect.

Published in Inmate Telephone News