While some may argue that access to computer tablets at the Franklin County Regional Jail is a privilege inmates shouldn’t be granted, we believe the benefits of the program, which launched in early May, outweigh the cons.

The GTL Inspire tablets, which were provided by the company at no cost to the jail, provide some free services, including access to the law library, news items and information inquiries. However, to obtain books, music and movies on the devices, inmates are charged 2 cents to 5 cents per minute depending on the content.

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