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Tippecanoe County Jail providing inmates with tablets

The correctional facility is providing more than 150 tablets to inmates, providing education resources and limited entertainment under a secure network.

Posted: Jul 28, 2020 6:25 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - A major technology upgrade is underway at the Tippecanoe County Jail.

The correctional facility is providing 154 new tablets with limited use to inmates. The jail received the tablets free of charge through an existing contract.

"You get one tablet per four inmates. They're not assigned, but it's something they can check out," said Tippecanoe County Sheriff Bob Goldsmith.

Each tablet uses facial recognition and every inmate has a log-in that is required for use.

They will provide several features, all under a secure network.

Goldsmith said he has already received concerns about providing such technology to inmates. He said only a limited amount of resources are available and the tablets are ran on a secure network within the jail

"This is not an open gateway to the internet," said Goldsmith.

Inmates will be allowed to send short messages, listen to music and watch certain movies, but the tablets provide more than just entertainment purposes.

Inmates will be able to submit medical requests and grievances.

Goldsmith said the Sheriff's Office also made sure the tablets provide educational resources.

"There is a lot of people that are in our facility that could use the education package to pass their GED that hopefully keeps them out of our jail in the future," said Goldsmith. "It's going to make us more efficient, save time, save manpower. And it allows us to track what is going on."

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