With service expected to begin March 15, 2016, inmates in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC) will soon have the ability to exchange electronic messages with their friends and family. Once this service is deployed, inmates will have the ability to exchange electronic messages through their personal tablets or at any of the GTL inmate kiosks located throughout the facility. Prior to an inmate sending or responding to an electronic message, they would need to purchase the necessary “LinkUnit” credits through the commissary ordering process, and have their friends and family add them to their approved list. Friends and family will need to pre-register through the approved online portal—onnectNetwork.com—in order to create and receive messages.
To get started using this new messaging service, friends and family members should go to WWW.ConnectNetwork.com. Once there, new users should sign up for an account, indicating the facility and the offender they want to communicate with. Once the account is updated with both the facility and an eligible offender recipient, registered account holders will be able to purchase credits using a credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted) and begin sending e-messages.
For step-by-step account setup instructions, friends and family should visit WWW.GTL.net/padoc for additional details.
MESSAGE LINK: WWW.connectnetwork.com
• Friends and Family can create an account and send e-messages
• Accepts MasterCard, Visa, or Discover credit or debit cards
• Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Electronic Message Pricing
FRIEND AND FAMILY COST
1 message—25 LinkUnits
by Rick DiLaurenzo, editor, PrisonMentoring.com
(Information obtained from GTL website)