screen-shot-2015-07-14-at-4-24-52-pmTablets for everyone—even prisoners! Hard as it might have been to imagine just a few years ago, tablets now can be an important part of rehabilitation and education for prisoners. TechCrunch has an article on JPay’s JP5mini Android tablet, a $70 32-gigabyte device intended for prisoners. (As might be expected, they were unable to resist a “jailbreak” pun in their headline.)

While there are restrictions and limitations on the tablet, it is still a marvel of information access for prisoners.

“Our mission is to educate and rehabilitate offenders to reduce recidivism,” [JPay CEO Ryan] Shapiro said in an email interview with TechCrunch. “Technology plays a vital role in corrections and we’re proud to offer tablets that keep people connected and help inmates become productive members of society once released.”

While the article doesn’t specifically mention e-books, I have no doubt they’re one of the media prisoners will have access to. Good for them.

The JP5mini isn’t the first JPay tablet available to prisoners. There are over 60,000 of the previous tablet, the JP4, in use in prisons today.


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