Correctional facilities that allow prison inmates to have access to computer technology use software systems that do not give inmates the ability to access jail servers. Prison software systems create content storage directories that are walled off from the prison facility's main software systems. This software contains encrypted security protocols that limits access to authorized prisoners and prison staff. Computer tablets designed for inmates are gaining popularity among correctional facilities.
Computer tablets designed for inmates living in correctional facilities are designed with built-in security features such as clear hard case plastic shells. Clear shells prevent inmates from hiding contraband inside units. Computers and tablets are connected to a software network managed by the prison and are not able to store content from unapproved devices. Optical media is another feature that blocks an inmate's ability to insert an unauthorized DVD into a disk drive. When an inmate logs into a secure computer his computer session is recorded for monitoring purposes.
Despite security concerns, prison computers and tablets offer inmates the opportunity to access digitalized training courses designed to educate and rehabilitate inmates. Digital education programs distributed on prison tablets are more cost effective than hiring a teacher. Inmate digital networks also provide access to secure email, instant messaging, games and approved movies. Computers that include video visitation allow inmates to have monitored video chats with family.