DALLAS, November 27, 2019 / PRNewswire / – Securus Technologies has announced that it now offers the company’s eBook catalog for free download and read on SecureView and JP5 tablets. Over 30,000 titles are available free of charge to those incarcerated in correctional facilities in more than 25 states where e-books are currently deployed.
Securus initially introduced e-books in institutions as an additional reading resource for incarcerated people. However, in recent months, many correctional facilities across the country have started restricting access to used physical books, over concerns over their use to conceal drugs and other contraband. Recognizing that e-books are increasingly serving as the primary source of reading material for many incarcerated people, Securus has decided to eliminate purchase fees and make these essential resources even more accessible.
“We believe it is essential to provide prisoners with access to a wide range of books, not only to improve their lives while incarcerated, but also to prepare them for success after release.” said the CEO of Securus Technologies, Robert pickens. “Our catalog of over 30,000 eBooks is now available free of charge to anyone using a Securus or JPay digital tablet.
All eBooks can now be downloaded and read for free at facilities in more than 25 states across the country. In addition to e-books, these tablets provide access to a range of other services and content, including educational programs, electronic and digital messaging services, and downloadable entertainment products such as movies and music.
Today’s announcement builds on Securus’ continued commitment to making communications and education technologies more affordable and accessible to people in prison, as well as to their friends and family. Securus has reduced the average cost of telephone calls by 30% over the past three years and provided more than 785,000 free calls last year, or more than 3.7 million minutes of calling time.
Securus Technologies has also provided more than 140,000 inmates with training courses, including more than 11 million downloads of educational content at their own pace. Additionally, through a partnership with Ashland University, students have earned over 50,000 college credits and hundreds of college degrees using the Securus and JPay tablets.
ABOUT SECURUS TECHNOLOGIES
Based at Dallas, Texas, an Aventiv Technologies company, serving more than 3,450 public safety, law enforcement and correction agencies and more than 1,200,000 inmates across North America, Securus Technologies is committed to serving and connecting by providing products and services for emergency response, incident management, public information, investigation, biometric analysis, communication, management of information, self-service for inmates and surveillance to make our world a safer place to inhabit. Securus Technologies connects what matters®. For more information, please visit SecurusTechnologies.com.
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