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Albany, NY - NY State Prison Inmates To Receive Free Computer Tablets

Published on: January 31, 2018 09:30 PM
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Albany, NY - New York state plans to provide every inmate with a free computer tablet from a Florida-based company that provides services to prison systems.

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The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says Wednesday that the approximately 51,000 inmates in 54 prisons will be eligible to receive one of the portable personal computers being provided to the state by Miami-based JPay Inc. at no cost to taxpayers.

DOCCS officials say the tablets will come preloaded with educational material. The devices won’t be able to access the internet, but tablets can be used to purchase music, e-books and videos from JPay through an electronic account system being set up.

The tablets can also be used to send and receive emails.

Acting DOCCS Commissioner Anthony Annucci announced the tablet program Tuesday during a state budget hearing.



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 Jan 31, 2018 at 09:37 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Jpay is a predatory company dedicated to shaking money out of poor prisoners. If the state wishes to run jails the state needs to pay to run jails.
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 Feb 01, 2018 at 08:06 AM Just Wondering.... Says:

So much for just bread and water.

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 Feb 01, 2018 at 08:18 AM Educated Archy Says:

Prisoners should not be able to buy videos . They should be working

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 Feb 01, 2018 at 10:04 AM RobertS Says:

I was shocked fo read this but then thought if might be worthwhile if 1) it might be more cost effective than offering comparable facilities and services for a prison library
2) it occupies the prisoners and significantly reduces time and opportunity for prison violence

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 Feb 01, 2018 at 12:20 PM Anonymous Says:

so prisoners get free tablets, while we have to pay even for aspirin tablets.
sounds fair to me, NOT !

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