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Corrlinks Online

February 5, 2013 by Anna M. Clausen in Tech Watch
The Corrlinks inmate computer system is now well-established within every federal prison facility. This system has a multitude of functions that could potentially increase institutional efficiency, like the “staff request” function, which allows inmates to email their requests instead of submitting them on paper, but many of these are still not being utilized in certain facilities. Until those primary functions finally come online at every institution, it’s difficult to anticipate further expansion of the system to include additional inmate services.

For anyone unfamiliar with Corrlinks, it is a closely monitored and tightly regulated system that monitors all of our financial transactions and email correspondence (accessible only through approved access on the Corrlinks website), to and from ONLY those people on our “approved contact list.” No images or links may be sent or received, and there is absolutely NO INMATE ACCESS to the Internet – only to Corrlinks. The email service costs $.05 per minute to send, receive, or read messages, and $.15 per page to print.

Earlier this year, despite some negative publicity in USA Today, the FBOP and Corrlinks agreed to install a digital music library on the Corrlinks system that allows inmates to purchase and download songs onto a specially designed Sanyo MP3 player (sold for $69.20 in the prison commissary). Each song costs, on average, $1.55, and has been edited to exclude all explicit lyrics. The library of songs has steadily grown since its inception, but it is in no way comparable to any normal online music store.

There have been rumors concerning the expansion of the Corrlinks system to include connectivity for a specially designed E-reader that would permit inmates to purchase and download approved books, newspapers and magazines. Potential for increased security and reduced institutional mailroom resources make it seem likely that this rumor could become a reality in the not-too-distant future – IF FBOP can find its way through all of (their own) red tape. It may even exist currently as a pilot program at a few select test facilities.

If you have any questions, comments, or information concerning the current or future use of the Corrlinks inmate computer system, we would greatly appreciate your reply.

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