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Pinal County inmates to gain tablet access as part of new initiative

Posted at 11:59 AM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 21:45:47-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - A Pinal County Sheriff's Office initiative will put tablets in the hands of jail inmates.

In a partnership with Securus Technologies, the devices are meant to familiarize inmates with technology that will help them succeed after they're released.

Inmates will be able to use Secureview tablets to stay in touch with family, apply for jobs and access religious and educational programming, including books and podcasts.

"With tablets, inmates can stay in touch with family and keep their minds pre-occupied with educational and religious programming. We expect that it will help with behavior,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, in a statement. “We are introducing games so that they will not be disruptive and not politicking in the pod about race or gangs. So, this is another option to improve the safety of those incarcerated and of the staff."

Securus is providing the tablets at no cost to the county.