Tablets and Corrections

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This is radio show 269.

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See transcript at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2016/03/tablets-corrections-transcript/

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Today’s program focuses on tablets in corrections. Tablets are seen by many in criminal justice to be a unique and affordable method of delivering educational, vocational and substance abuse services through recorded or live programs. They are also seen as a device for frequent communications with family and other prosocial members of society. Some in corrections cite cost and security concerns as reasons to proceed cautiously.

To examine these issues, we interviewed Randy Kearse and Chenault.

Randy Kearse is founder of Reentry Strategies, a multimedia company that creates innovative content to help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women successfully transition from prison, back to their family, community, and society. He’s executive producer of the film series, Beyond Prison Probation and Parole. His website is at http://www.randykearse.co/reentry-strategist/.

Chenault Taylor is the Director of Public Relations at Edovo, a Chicago-based social enterprise. Edovo is committed to improving outcomes for those in jail and prison during incarceration, and after release, through secure tablet technology that enables self-driven, incentive-based education and rehabilitation. The website for Edovo is https://edovo.com/.

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