Inmates can use GTL Inspire tablets to access tools, resources to find jobs in their communities
RESTON, Va. — GTL, a leader in transformative corrections technology that improves outcomes for inmates and facilities, today announced the release of a new, secure application for the Inspire tablet — CareerOneStop ReEntry — which allows access to the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) CareerOneStop website content and tools. This DOL application is available at no cost to facilities or inmates.
GTL’s mission is to provide inmates with access to technology, education, and other products and services that improve their personal outcomes during incarceration and prepare them for life after release. By providing access to the DOL application, GTL adds to its holistic approach to improve conditions for inmates and increase chances of successful reentry.
The secure CareerOneStop ReEntry application is available inside correctional facilities that have Inspire tablets. All external links and maps are disabled, providing inmates, instructors, and other intermediaries access to a full range of tools, resources, and information to help incarcerated individuals navigate their post-incarceration training, employment, and career paths without the risk of active Internet links. This application is available to inmates inside jails and prisons, while the more robust site with all active links, online job applications, and more is available to inmates from any computer or smart device after their release.
“GTL is the first corrections communication company to deploy this application to facilities,” said Dr. Turner Nashe, Jr, GTL Executive Vice President, Education Services. “CareerOneStop is the online component of the U.S. Department of Labor’s American Job Center network, which sponsors American Job Center locations across the nation in almost every county and community and whose ultimate job is to put people who are unemployed or underemployed back to work and/or help them move into a job that provides a livable wage. At GTL, our mission is to provide access to technology and education to improve inmates’ personal outcomes during incarceration and post-release. This app furthers our mission and provides assistance to inmates who might not know what career is suited to them, how to write a resume, or how to apply for a job. This app can help tackle those barriers to successful reentry.”
The app helps inmates identify the types of roles and jobs that are best suited to their skills and interests, as well as any work restrictions they may have related to their conviction. It provides job descriptions, videos, training information, wage information, education information, and more to allow them to fully grasp if a specific job is right for them. The job tools also provide resume writing help and interview tips for discussing a criminal record.
Most importantly, the app provides information about job openings, so inmates can work with their reentry coordinator to drill down by zip code to find out what employment opportunities exist in their communities. The app’s Job Finder is fed by four major job sites, enabling inmates to find jobs and also American Job Center locations across the nation.
“As a company dedicated to reducing recidivism, GTL provides workforce development programs that work to prepare inmates for the day they are released,” concluded Dr. Nashe. “This new application is a superb addition to our inmate education solutions and provides inmates with a branded, trusted, and recognized resource that can assist them during incarceration and follow them out as they reenter society.”
GTL leads the fields of corrections technology, education, and intelligence, as well as government payment services, with visionary solutions that integrate seamlessly to deliver security, financial value, and operational efficiencies while aiding inmate rehabilitation. As a trusted industry leader, GTL provides services to over 2 million inmates in more than 2,500 correctional facilities in the United States and Canada, including 29 U.S. departments of corrections, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons. GTL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, with an employee presence throughout North America. To learn more about GTL, please visit www.gtl.net or social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.