JPay, the Apple of the U.S. Prison System

Businessweek article on JPay, which is the provider of prison-friendly devices such as the JP3, an MP3 player that downloads music from JPay kiosks.  JPay has announced that it’s coming out with a new device that will mimic a tablet.

JPay is currently a big issue in Ohio, as the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has recently chosen JPay as its vendor to process all inmate money orders.  Inmates have objected to the $1.50 surcharge that JPay charges to process the money order; DRC staff have relayed that the system is actually cheaper overall for the inmate population.  Other concerns include the fact that the private company requires persons wishing to place money on inmate accounts to also submit a copy of their driver’s license as proof of identity.


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