GTL agrees with activists, inmate calling is good for society

One of the less surprising findings to come out of sociology in the last decades is that recidivism and failure to reintegrate to society upon release are directly correlated to the degree to which inmates are isolated from pro-social experiences and people, while they’re incarcerated. Inmates who only have the opportunity to interact with other convicted felons, over a period of years to decades, have extremely little chance to successfully reintegrate to society when they’re finally released. This is especially true for inmates who become programmed, or accustomed to a routine while incarcerated, to take part in antisocial prison activities, such as gang banging or making money illegally, rather than using the time to educate themselves and find constructive vocations. Learn more on about GTL.

Inmate calling plays a crucial role in all of this because it allows inmates constant access to law-abiding and well-adjusted citizens on the outside of prison. The ability to maintain meaningful social relationships with those on the outside of prison can significantly reduce the chance that the prisoner will become habituated to the prison environment to the point of coming to rely on it, a process which penologists refer to as institutionalization. Read more reviews at

One of the most important ways that prisons and the companies that provide calling services in them can ensure that inmates are able to maintain those crucial, pro-social relationships is through the offering of outgoing phone calls at reasonable and affordable rates. That is why companies like Global Tel Link, the largest provider of inmate calling services in the United States, have worked hard to bring cost-lowering technologies, like VoIP telephony, into the country’s prisons.

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By keeping point of sale costs low, GTL is helping to ensure that today’s inmates will be able to make the transition into becoming tomorrow’s productive citizens. Read more about GTL on NYTimes.