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Sheriff Pioneers New Secure Technology for Effingham Jail -- All at No Cost to Taxpayers!

This year marks a new era for Effingham, as they became the first county in the Southeast to install wireless inmate tablet technology.

The state-of-the-art Telmate Tablet designed specifically for the unique needs of the corrections industry, communicates over an ultra-secure, custom-built wireless network, with a host of security features that restrict and track any data being shared in and out of facilities. Among its many exciting features include secure messaging and photo sharing, eBooks, music, videos, games and access to professional education and training websites. These applications have been custom-designed and carefully screened for approved correctional use, filtering all inmate interaction and communications before leaving the facility.

Other Telmate facilities have reported a decrease in inmate violence since the installation of the tablets. “Now that inmates can connect to services wirelessly from within their pod, there is less required movement in and out of pods and inmates have access to communications, entertainment, and self-improvement resources that enable more productive use of their time and keep them occupied,” said Jeff Hansen, Telmate’s Chief Marketing Officer. He added, “Inmates also view these devices as a privilege, giving facility staff an additional means of control.”

Every Telmate Tablet requires a secure PIN for access and usage is completely controlled and monitored by facility staff. If an inmate attempts to tamper with or misuse the device, individual access privileges are disabled immediately, within seconds.

With over 300 beds, the new tablets help Effingham staff manage inmates more efficiently. This new technology is a win-win for Effingham. Not only does it help us boost security and control, it also helps us have a safer community overall -- all at no cost to the taxpayer,” said Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie.

For more information about the Telmate Tablet, visit www.telmate.com/tablet.

About Effingham County:

Effingham County is nestled between the Ogeechee and Savannah Rivers just north of Georgia’s first City, Savannah. Effingham is steeped in tradition and heritage as one of Georgia’s original counties, yet keeps pace with the most modern amenities, by way of solid planning and an eye on the community’s bright future. Effingham County boasts one of the fastest growth rates in the State of Georgia. For more information, visit http://www.effinghamsheriff.org/

About Telmate:

Telmate is the third largest and fastest growing inmate communications provider in the United States and is a leader in customer service and cutting-edge technologies, including video visitation, secure messages, mobile applications and investigator tools. The Telmate communication system is deployed in over 250 facilities in nearly every U.S. state as well as four Canadian provinces. Telmate is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with an additional office in Ontario, Oregon. To find out more about Telmate, visit www.telmate.com.

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