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This Tablet Is the Future of Personal Prison Technology


You can give your loved ones access to the technology needed for current and future success.

The SecureView Tablet program is a low cost monthly subscription service that gives your loved one the ability to make phone calls, listen to music, read books, play games, perform legal research, and look for a job - all through one device! Incarcerated individuals are also provided with educational and self-help opportunities that allow them to prepare for success in the future.

The JP5mini

We've already seen a bunch of buzzworthy new tech toys in 2015, including the Apple Watch and the DJI Drone. But for many prison inmates, the most exciting digital release of the year arrives this month.

That’s when JPay will ship its latest tablet, the JP5mini. Though the 4.3-inch device can’t compare with something like the iPad, this latest version of JPay’s prison-optimized gadget promises a slew of improvements - including an app store and wireless capabilities - that signal the changing technical landscape in America’s correctional facilities.

“This is what’s going to replace phones eventually,” JPay founder Ryan Shapiro told Yahoo Tech. “There are going to be major changes within the prison system environment because of this technology.”

Built to survive
The $ 70 tablet might appear clunky to the average techie’s eye, but it’s been designed to appeal to both inmates and prison officials.


The JP5mini’s dual-core processor and 32-megabyte memory chip are encased in a transparent polycarbonate plastic that’s designed to withstand 250-degree temperatures and falls from a three-story building (while also making it easy to inspect its innards for contraband). You can stand on it, throw it across the room, or spill water on it and the JP5mini will still power on. On a full charge, it has enough battery life to play up to 35 hours of music or 12 hours of video, JPay says.
Each tablet is assigned an individual number and password associated with the inmate, to limit theft.

While inmates using the JP5mini can buy games or music on their own, they’ll need to undergo a stringent review process before they get permission to interact with the outside world, just as they did with past tablets. Whenever an inmate writes an email, buys an e-card, or records a low-quality “videogram,” he or she must then sync the tablet at a designated kiosk; those outgoing messages are then automatically submitted to supervisors for review. If it’s harmless, it’ll be forwarded to recipients. If not, it won’t make it beyond the prison walls.
Pay’s most popular e-card. Inmates pay an average of 30 cents per message to send cards like these.

The fact that JPay’s latest edition is Wi-Fi enabled, however, indicates that many prison systems are becoming more permissive with communications. In some cases, it may be used to support some of the live “video visits” - online videoconferencing sessions - that JPay's products support.

JPay is not alone in the prison-electronics market. Earlier this year Fusion’s Kevin Roose wrote about a Napa County Jail that uses tablets from a Chicago-based startup called Jail Education Solutions. These tablets can be rented for $ 2 a day and are sometimes even provided to prisoners for free. They, too, include games, videos, and education apps for inmates, with a heavy focus on recidivism.
Pay’s most popular e-card. Inmates pay an average of 30 cents per message to send cards like these.

The fact that JPay’s latest edition is Wi-Fi enabled, however, indicates that many prison systems are becoming more permissive with communications. In some cases, it may be used to support some of the live “video visits” - online videoconferencing sessions - that JPay's products support.

JPay is not alone in the prison-electronics market. Earlier this year Fusion’s Kevin Roose wrote about a Napa County Jail that uses tablets from a Chicago-based startup called Jail Education Solutions. These tablets can be rented for $ 2 a day and are sometimes even provided to prisoners for free. They, too, include games, videos, and education apps for inmates, with a heavy focus on recidivism.

JPay’s tablets have clear plastic cases to prevent inmates from hiding contraband in them.

The app commissary
The tablet’s software is also getting an upgrade to better fill the downtime of inmates.

Though it doesn’t yet run Candy Crush, it now includes a new batch of game titles, alongside such classics as Chinese checkers and Sudoku (its most-used game).

These new games - along with a selection of educational apps - will soon be available in a new digital store, modeled after those of Apple and Google.

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