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Jail inmates access to tablets decreases bad behavior

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Meygan Tourangeu has been in jail since April she's one of the 98 percent of the inmates who has an electronic tablet. She uses it to listen to music and it's also a link to her family.

"You can get pictures of them and that's just...it's like being at home but not being at home. You miss a lot when you are in here. And your family, your kids is one of them," Tourangeu said. 

Correction Officer Campus said the tablets help keep the inmates in line. "They know that if they do something wrong or something happens. That tablet, they're not going to have it. And it's going to take a while to get it back," Campus said.

It's the technology unit that keeps close tabs on the communication. They monitor everything from the music to the correspondence.

"There is no internet access. All the inmates are accessing is a server that we have on site. That server on site has all the content that we allow. And you got to make sure you put stuff on there that even an indigent or a poor individual can access and utilize," said Captain Stewart from the Pima County Jail. 

According to Captain Stewart, since the inmates have been using the tablet there's been a drastic decrease in inmate problems. 

"Our suicide attempts are down 66%, our successful suicides are down 100%, our inmate on staff assaults are down 60%, our inmate on inmate assaults are down," said Captain Stewart. 

Currently this is the 1.0 tablet inmates are using. Soon they'll be using a 2.0  one with and inmate program that offers anger management, GED, and employment education. All in an effort to keep inmates from returning to the jail at no cost to the taxpayers.

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