WENY News - Computer tablet provider expects to make $8.8M from inmates

Computer tablet provider expects to make $8.8M from inmates

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The company planning to supply tablet computers free of charge to the approximately 50,000 inmates in the New York state prison system expects to make nearly $9 million in sales via the devices over the next five years.
A copy of the contract provided to Syracuse.com by the state comptroller's office shows JPay expects to make $8.8 million from inmate emails and from their purchases of downloaded entertainment such as music, movies and eBooks.
There will be no direct internet access. All transactions will be done with the tablets connected to kiosks provided by JPay.
State corrections officials announced last month that the agency had awarded a contract to Miami-based JPay to provide tablets to every prisoner, at no cost to taxpayers. The system is expected to be online this year.
Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com

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