JPay, a Florida based tech company, has developed a unique tablet designed for prison inmates to be able to communicate outside facilities.

The JP5Mini Tablet is designed with clear plastic to prevent contraband smuggling, and allows users to send emails and text messages. While connectivity is highly regulated in prisons, and the tablet can only be used where JPay has a network, the tablet is helping inmates stay connected with their families during their sentences.

The tablet, which is a new incarnaton of the JP4, is also intended to help recidivism rates. According to a study, about three quarters of prison inmates in the United States were convicted of a new crime within five years from release, and isolation from the outside world is a huge component of this trend.

Measures are being taken by many companies to bridge the digital divide for inmates to be able to re-enter the workforce upon release.

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