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The Rise of Digital Education

This past year, digital education in corrections has spread like wildfire, enabling mass education in prisons through the use of tablets.  Education plays a vital role in rehabilitation and reintegration, as research proves that inmates who receive education while in prison are 43 percent less likely to become repeat offenders.  Understanding the undeniable impact of education in corrections, JPay made a commitment to making digital education a reality for any facility, helping to reform corrections and prepare offenders for success upon release.

 

Since launching the company’s education initiative, JPay’s Lantern, 4239 college credits have been earned by over 18,000 students. Expanding the company’s commitment to education, JPay also deploys free KA Lite educational videos through our kiosks, driving over 725,000 video downloads to date. From earning high school and college credits towards graduation to expanding knowledge in areas of interest and preparing for post-release success, digital inmate education serves as an opportunity for progression while incarcerated.

 

The nitty gritty…

 

JPay’s Lantern uses a Learning Management System (LMS) to host facility-approved content offering a range of courses, including GED prep work, basic mathematics, entrepreneurship and more. From our kiosks, classwork as well as educational videos can be downloaded onto the tablets so students can learn at their own pace – on their own time – outside of limited classroom interactions.

 

Mirroring the flipped-classroom model used by numerous colleges and universities, our infrastructure allows students and instructors to frequently correspond through the use of technology, allowing for more time in the classroom to explore topics in greater detail.

 

Taking it a step further, JPay also offers KA Lite, an open-source software that mimics the online experience of Khan Academy® for offline situations. This allows inmates to download educational videos long popular with the public for developing knowledge and building skills. By offering KA Lite and working with educational organizations nationwide, we strive to deliver a technology-driven education program designed to increase education opportunities in prisons to help reduce recidivism.

 

What impact do you think digital education in corrections will make on our society?

 

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71 Comments

  1. JPayModerator

    JPayModerator

    November 2, 2017 - 1:54 pm

    Hi D. Norman – Please contact our customer support at support@jpay.com for more information. They can assist your with more information about our products and services.

  2. D. Norman

    October 28, 2017 - 3:46 pm

    Is this program/education options available in Virginia? I would love to get my husband into one of these educational programs.

  3. Nikki K.

    September 5, 2017 - 3:03 am

    I think this too is an excellent idea! This will make a huge difference in the release of the inmates in the workforce areas in the future. This Truly is a blessing what you guys are doing. Keep up the good work and excellent ways of helping the incarcerated become better.

  4. Editor

    November 21, 2016 - 9:06 am

    Hi Love my family- We are working the with Florida DOC to make more services available soon. Thank you for you interest and we will make sure to communicate any updates.

  5. Love my family.

    November 20, 2016 - 7:39 pm

    The state of Fl has no other way of communication other then phones. When will they ever catch up. Lack of Video, email, vmail…. is a strain on family’s.

  6. Alan

    November 20, 2016 - 7:39 pm

    The state of Fl has no other way of communication other then phones. When will they ever catch up. Lack of Video, email, vmail…. is a strain on family’s.

  7. Editor

    November 16, 2016 - 11:07 am

    Hi Ann- JPay’s Lantern is not available in the state of Iowa.

  8. Ann

    November 15, 2016 - 3:29 pm

    is it in Woodbury County Sioux City Ia?

  9. Editor

    February 14, 2017 - 10:14 am

    Hi Paula- The availability of our products and services is up to the discretion of each state Department of Corrections. Each JP5 tablet is assigned to a specific Inmate ID# in our system.

  10. Paula

    October 10, 2016 - 3:09 pm

    I know LLCC in Kentucky has had the Khios computers put in but when will they be working this is a great ideal got family in there that needs GED & all The education classes they can get and why is it that the JP5 tablet is going to be different prices and different state why ? I could see different taxes in different states but need to set one price for the JP5 Tablet and if we purchase it will it have their state number on it ??? that would be good if it did ..

  11. Editor

    September 12, 2016 - 2:33 pm

    Hi Martha – Please be aware we are working to bring all our services to the state of Kentucky. Thank you for your interest and we will make sure to communicate any updates. Have a great day!

  12. Martha coornelius

    September 11, 2016 - 11:15 am

    Any chance of getting educational tablets in Kentucky prisons, a lot of down time with nothing to do. A great way to enhance their education.

  13. angelic trusty

    September 5, 2016 - 11:21 am

    I think this would be great. It would help with education, also lower the drama. KCIW this is a great ideal.

  14. Editor

    September 1, 2016 - 10:59 am

    Hi Casey – Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm in bringing JPay’s Lantern to the state of Indiana. The cost of the JP5 tablet varies by state and model available. The educational material provided is typically updated each semester. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Have a great day!

  15. Casey

    August 31, 2016 - 7:16 am

    Hello, I know the tablet isn’t available at Indiana Pendleton Correctional Facility at this time; do you have an estimated cost for the tablets? I am really excited about the different educational programs available on the tablet; will the programs update on a regular basis?

  16. Editor

    August 30, 2016 - 2:16 pm

    Hi Daysi – Thank you for your interest. At this time we do not have any updates regarding JPay’s Lantern in the state of Texas. Have a great day!

  17. Daysi

    August 28, 2016 - 4:27 pm

    Hello: Any news concerning this program in the State of Texas Please?
    Thank you for your reply
    D Martin

  18. Editor

    September 1, 2016 - 10:34 am

    Hi Ronald- This varies by state. For more information please visit http://bit.ly/2bMHfft. Have a great day!

  19. Ronald Jones

    August 27, 2016 - 5:32 pm

    Hello everyone. Is there a complete list of available courses?

    Thank you!

  20. Editor

    August 30, 2016 - 9:13 am

    Hi Joan- Please visit the following link http://bit.ly/1Srbpnm for more information on the JP5 tablet. Have a great day!

  21. Joan Stutesman

    August 25, 2016 - 3:49 pm

    how do you find out what states the player is in and how to get one? or will our inmate find out and do the appropriate ordering or letting us know?

  22. Editor

    August 25, 2016 - 10:56 am

    Hi Shaqueal- Thank you for interest. At this time we do not any information regarding the availability in South Carolina but will make sure to communicate any updates. Have a great day!

  23. shaqueal verner

    August 25, 2016 - 4:57 am

    When will the tablets be in soth Carolina prisons

  24. Editor

    August 11, 2016 - 8:55 am

    Hi Helen – JPay’s Lantern is available in Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio, and Washington. Please be aware we are working to make JPay’s Lantern available in all states and will make sure to communicate any updates. Have a great day!

  25. Helen

    August 1, 2016 - 11:25 pm

    JPay Lantern looks like a wonderful ideal but seems like it is not available in many states. At this time, which states have this program?
    My daughter is in Virginia and within the last 3 1/2 years she has yet to be able to take any educational classes. This would be a great answer to a mom’s prayers.

  26. Editor

    July 29, 2016 - 10:51 am

    Hi Jennifer – The JP5 tablet is not available in the state of Indiana. The following link http://bit.ly/1VOzCrP will display the services available in Indiana. Please be aware we are constantly working to bring our products and services to every state and we will make sure to communicate any updates. Have a great day!

  27. Jennifer

    July 28, 2016 - 2:55 pm

    Is the tablet available in Indiana? I logged into my account and can’t find where it would tell me if it’s available or even what is.

  28. Jana Ford

    July 25, 2016 - 11:22 pm

    This is definitely a start. However, as a Learning & Development Consultant and Instructional Designer with fortune 500 clients, I’d like to see the Prison systems take it a few steps further by also providing inmates limited access to other learning mediums such as the vast universe of MOOCs (Mass Open Online Courses) such as: iUniversity, Coursera, Udacity, EdX, Khan Academy and educational Podcasts to name a few. it goes without saying all potential security risks would need to be identified and neutralized. However, this challenge should not be seen as prohibitive.

    One could argue being given the means and opportunity to learn new technology, skills or a craft, and having access to entertainment such as appropriately monitored music and games would all help keep inmates focused on more productive ventures and potentially lead to less inmate interaction and less trouble. For this to work, this has to be a privilege that is earned, and is available to all inmates that meet the behavioral criteria. This poses a problem when the prison facilities are depending on family and friends outside the prison system to pay for the tablets. Kiosks are a good attempt at making the vast number of resources available to all deserving inmates, even those who lack external family ties and for those whose families are not willing or do not have the means to purchase the tablets. However, to use the kiosk inmates must interact with other inmates to participate which could lead to altercations. Weight training equipment is a good distraction but could the prison system not reallocate some of those dollars to purchase tablets for inmates or make the case for government funds to help offset some of the costs.
    One other avenue the should be considered is exploring other less traditional means for inmates to each money to pay for their keep, restitution, court costs and fines. One example that comes to mind is having more computer savvy low-security risk inmates help train other inmates on pcs & tablets, tutor on GED study skills and content.

    Taxpayers may be more willing to have their hard earned tax dollars allocated to pay for prisons If they could see positive outcomes, i.e., reduction in recidivism rates. Bottom line, we all want to be safer. We are all safer when prisons can output former inmates who’ve acquired the skills and disciple to successfully reintegrate into society and be productive members. Today we’re just paying to warehouse, feed and clothe inmates. Thanks for listening and all have a blessed day.

  29. Editor

    August 4, 2016 - 2:51 pm

    Hi Tamara – For more information on submitting content for JPay’s Lantern, please contact our support team at Info@JPaysLantern.com. Have a great day!

  30. Tamara

    July 25, 2016 - 7:08 pm

    How can I find out more about submitting content for the educational programs?

  31. Editor

    July 29, 2016 - 10:28 am

    Hi Louisa – JPay’s Lantern is currently not available in the state of Texas. Please be aware we are constantly working to bring our products and services to every state and we will make sure to communicate any updates. Have a great day!

  32. Louisa Cabrera

    July 22, 2016 - 2:51 am

    Has Texas joined this program yet?

  33. Editor

    July 29, 2016 - 10:26 am

    Hi Nita-he JP5 tablet is currently not available in the state of California. Please be aware we are constantly working to bring our products and services to every state and we will make sure to communicate any updates. Have a great day!

  34. nita

    July 19, 2016 - 12:05 pm

    Is it available to inmates who are located in a California state prisons? If so how much do they cost? and how does the inmate order one and set up classes he / she would like to take?

  35. Editor

    July 29, 2016 - 10:20 am

    Hi Tamiko – The JP5 tablet is available in the state of Minnesota. If you have specific questions, you can always contact our customer service at 800-574-5729. Have a great day!

  36. Tamiko

    July 18, 2016 - 2:22 pm

    Is the Jpay5 available in Minnesota?

  37. Susan

    July 16, 2016 - 6:24 pm

    I do not have a computer to do the video visitation. Only have cell phon . I do use a computer on occasion at the local library however no webcam. Will we be able to use cell phones to text or IM. CAN DO VIDEO BY I . Tablet is a great idea.

  38. Editor

    July 29, 2016 - 10:16 am

    Hi Linda- Please be aware we are working to bring the JP5 tablet to the state of Georgia and we will make sure to communicate any updates. Have a great day!

  39. Linda

    July 15, 2016 - 5:59 am

    Kiosks are installed in Autry Prison in GA but no one knows when JPay tablets will be available. Do you have any info about availability?

  40. Editor

    July 29, 2016 - 10:13 am

    Hi Linda- Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm in bringing JPay’s Lantern to the state of Florida. Please be aware we are constantly working to bring our products and services to every state and we will make sure to communicate any updates. Have a great day!

  41. Linda Mergenhagen

    July 14, 2016 - 10:51 pm

    What about Bushell Florida–Sumter Correctional? They have it yet? Al,k i can do ias send $$ No other JPAY services that I have been seeing? Not fair? Behind the times!

  42. Editor

    July 29, 2016 - 11:05 am

    Hi Basi – Please be aware we are constantly working to bring our products and services to every state. Once more services are available in the state of Florida, we will make sure to let everyone know. Have a great day!

  43. Basi

    July 14, 2016 - 9:30 pm

    Do you know if and when Florida will get on board with the program?

  44. Editor

    July 29, 2016 - 10:56 am

    Hi LaTasha – The JP5 tablet is available in the state of Virginia. If you have specific questions, you can always contact our customer service at 800-574-5729. Have a great day!

  45. LaTasha Quarles

    July 14, 2016 - 6:37 am

    Will this tablet be available in the State of Virginia? If so, when? If not, is there any talks with the state to implement this?

  46. Editor

    August 1, 2016 - 2:09 pm

    Hi Reggie- Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm in bringing the JP5 tablet to your loved one’s facility. We are working to make the JP5 tablet available in all Georgia facilities and will make sure to communicate any updates. Have a great day!

  47. Reggie Smith

    July 13, 2016 - 10:31 am

    My son is in Riverbend Correctional Facility in Milledgeville, Georgia. They have been told the tablets are possibly coming there. Do you have any intel on when, where, and how? Is there anything that we can do to move the ball down the field?

  48. Editor

    July 26, 2016 - 8:58 am

    HI Sheri – Thank you for your interest in JPay’s Lantern. Please be aware we are constantly working to bring our products and services to more states and we will make sure to communicate any updates. Have a great day!

  49. sheri

    July 11, 2016 - 8:46 am

    When will they be available in Michigan , if they even will? We don’t even have the video chat from jpay at the carson city corr. facility in carson city , Michigan? some one pls let me know. Thanks so much.

  50. Editor

    July 12, 2016 - 9:37 am

    Hi Esther – The JP5 tablet is currently not available in the state of Indiana. Please be aware we are constantly working to bring our products and services to every state and we will make sure to communicate any updates. Have a great day!

  51. Esther Hinds

    July 10, 2016 - 12:19 pm

    is the jp5’s available in Indiana DOC?

  52. FGF

    July 7, 2016 - 3:41 pm

    Everyone needs and deserves an education and opportunity for rehabilitation. Our Prison system is an industry and industries need employees ( many times they are refered to as prisoners). The goal of most prisons should be treatment of addiction that is an illness. Prisons are not drug treatment centers. Skill training and lifestyles changes do not produce products or profits and that is the objective of privatization.
    Until American prisons STOP this forced slavery and continue to perpetuate and support racism, segregation and gang behavior and rule out respect and humanity, the American prison system will not change. In other words the person that is released is exactly the same person that is on the street before. What did we do for society by incarcerating him or her, Nothing. We need to take a serious look at the results obtained in European prisons and I don’t mean Mexico or Iran.
    I quote a captain in the Italian police that said we will “never resolve our prison issues until we stop capital punishment” We need a comment from society to ending capital punishment in all 50 states. Buy continuing this low moral standard we bring ourselves to the level of the person who commits a murder and become murders ourselves. Our prison system we never change as long as we continue these policies.

  53. Editor

    July 7, 2016 - 8:54 am

    Hi Lena – The JP5 tablet is currently not available in the state of Florida. Please be aware we are constantly working to bring our products and services to every state and we will make sure to communicate any updates. Have a great day!

  54. Lena

    July 7, 2016 - 7:16 am

    I am in Florida. My son was just sentenced to 8 years. He is in the main unit in Orlando. How and is he able to receive a tablet?

  55. Patricia Russell

    July 6, 2016 - 10:26 am

    My penpal in Texas is in Ad Seg and I doubt they will even let him do this, although he’d be keen to get his GED. Lord knows he has the brains for it.

  56. Editor

    July 7, 2016 - 8:51 am

    Hi Chuan- To better assist you, what state is your loved one in?

  57. Chuan

    July 1, 2016 - 6:45 pm

    How does the inmate an me see each other text msgs

  58. Editor

    July 7, 2016 - 8:47 am

    Hi Delesa- The JP5 tablet is currently not available in the state of Texas. Please be aware we are constantly working to bring our products and services to every state and we will make sure to communicate any updates. Have a great day!

  59. Delesa Johnson

    July 1, 2016 - 10:40 am

    Can I get a tablet for my son at the Briscoe unit? Dilley, Tx. If so cost and how? I am looking for a christian person in Austin to help with temporary housing when my son is paroled! Hopefully this fall. He has a good soul. He will be a very hard worker. He wants to be away from alcohol and drugs and drama! Please reply back here. They have no computers so is there any suggestion on sites I can go to for information for resources for parolees and how to meet single ladies before paroled. Any information is appreciated!

  60. Melissa jeffries

    June 30, 2016 - 8:57 pm

    Im Melissa my loved one has just been sent to ohio cental receiving center . I have no way to visit. If anyone could please help I can give gas money . I am in Dayton area . He has Friday visits.

  61. Editor

    July 7, 2016 - 8:57 am

    Hi Anthony- Availability varies by state. Please visit the following link http://bit.ly/1Srbpnm for more information on the JP5 tablet. Have a great day!

  62. Anthony E

    June 29, 2016 - 2:05 pm

    So, who is available to order these tablets and how do we find out if they are avaialble at the incarcerated’s institution???

  63. Editor

    June 27, 2016 - 11:30 am

    Hi Suzie- To better assist you, what state is your loved one in?

  64. Suzie

    June 15, 2016 - 6:44 pm

    How do I order a tablet

  65. Editor

    July 26, 2016 - 8:55 am

    Hi Carolyn – JPay’s Lantern is not available in the state of Texas. Please be aware we are constantly working to bring our products and services to every state and we will make sure to communicate any updates. Have a great day!

  66. carolyn berry

    June 15, 2016 - 9:25 am

    My daughter is in the Woodman Unit in Gatesville Texas..Are these classes offered there? She has said she would like to learn more and further her education

  67. Karol

    June 14, 2016 - 11:50 am

    OMG its about time they start offering these offenders something like this!! alot of them come out and are SHOCKED by all the new internet phones etc!!! hope colorado gets on board and we help these people better themsefs and stay out of HELL!!!

  68. Audrey Dotson

    June 13, 2016 - 10:10 pm

    Wonderful idea. When will the women at ORW be able to get it? I will most certainly help my daughter access the education.

  69. Robyn Caswell

    June 11, 2016 - 9:41 pm

    I think this is such a good idea 😊.

  70. Melanie Little

    June 11, 2016 - 2:36 am

    To bad Washington state in not up to speed on this, they think computers are part voodoo.

  71. Stephen Roth

    June 10, 2016 - 11:43 am

    The JPay Lantern commitment is a wonderful and great addition to your service. Knowledge is the key to self growth.

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