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Some South Coast Jail Inmates Now Have Access To Electronic Tablets With Educational, Self Improvement Content

(Ventura County Sheriff's Office photo)
A Ventura County jail inmate using one of the 1200 electronic tablets donated to the jail system

1200 tablets donated to Ventura County jail system

Some South Coast jail inmates can now go to college, or listen to podcasts on subjects like addiction and mental health using donated electronic tablets.

A company called Securus Technologies donated 1200 tablets to the Ventura County Jail system. The tablets are set up to allow access to a number of free applications like educational programs, job databases and self-improvement podcasts. Inmates can also set up paid monthly accounts giving them access to movies and music.

The tablets are on a secure system controlled by the jail system, to prohibit illicit used of the electronics.

Inmates have access to the tablets and their educational content for free. The jail system doesn’t make money from the electronics, but is providing the service in an effort to help people better prepare for their return to the community. The company pays for the tablets through revenue from inmates who buy paid content like movies, and music.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.