Colo. DOC takes back tablets from inmates because of security concerns

The DOC has taken away 15,000 tablets from prison inmates across the state

By Kirk Mitchell
The Denver Post

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Corrections has taken away 15,000 tablets from prison inmates across the state because of unspecified security problems, authorities say.

Mark Fairbairn, CDOC spokesman, said he could not specify the security concerns.

In 2016, Colorado became the first state in the country to provide tablets donated by GTL Corp. to inmates. The tablets allowed inmates to communicate with friends and relatives, listen to radio programs and take educational classes online.

“Due to unforeseen security issues, all GTL tablets have been picked up from the offenders,” Fairbairn said in a statement.

Fairbairn said the security concerns are not related to an incident in Idaho in which 364 prisoners hacked into personal tablets and downloaded $225,000 into their prison accounts.

CDOC has not discontinued its tablet contract with GTL. Prison officials are trying to resolve the security concerns in order to return the tablets to the inmates, Fairbairn said.

©2018 The Denver Post

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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