It is a stark fact of life here in the U.S., and not one that everyone wants to know about, but there are a lot of people serving time in prisons. It is easy for some people to write off inmates, and forget that they still have lives outside of the bars and walls of the prison they are in. These people have family members, friends and other folks that they absolutely need to stay in touch with. I knew a little bit about the systems that exist to allow inmates to communicate with their contacts outside of prison, but was very upset to find out that some providers of these services may be ripping off inmates and their family/friends.
One prominent provider of inmate telecommunications services is a company called Global Tel Link (GTL). I found some troubling information about GTL via a recent press release from Securus Technologies. According to this press release – and a series of press releases that Securus Technologies plans on publishing in the near future – GTL has been up to some business practices that have resulted in inmates and their family/friends getting bilked for quite a bit of money.
In the article I recently checked out, it appears that Securus Technologies has quite a bit of information about the shady business practices that GTL has been using for some time now. He also expresses disappointment in how GTL has shown a lack of integrity. The upcoming series of additional press releases will likely outline some of the most serious charges leveled against GTL.
Like me, many people have heard about companies overcharging their customers accidentally. That does not appear to be the case, according to information published by Securus Technologies. In the article I checked out, it is alleged that not only did GTL overcharge customers, but that they did so on purpose and with the only end goal being the intention to overcharge for their services.
It’s not a good thing to find out a major provider of inmate telecommunications services is duping their customers, but I was happy to find the press release from Securus Technologies that helps to expose some serious wrongdoings to the general public.