Pilot Program allows Monroe County inmates to use tablets


BRIGHTON, N.Y. (WHAM) - A program at the Monroe County Correctional Facility in Brighton is allowing inmates access to tablets.

The Pilot Program started in August 2017 with 140 donated tablets.

Inmates can use the tablets to listen to music, play games, or call loved ones from their bunks - but they do not have internet access.

"They've been here in this dorm- it's kept me out of trouble- kept me more to myself- gives me more time to think- listen to music, play games and reading," said Rickey Sherman. "It can be a worthwhile tool in prisons."

Inmates have to be on their best behavior for the privilege of using a tablet.

"They've settled the place down a bit- incidents have been reduced not as many arguments - things of that nature - calming effect for pretty much everybody here," said Captain James McGowan of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. "It's kind of nice to have something else to do."

The cost of using a tablet is $15 for two weeks, or $25 for the month.

Funds from the tablets are used to help fund rehab programs.

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