What are six reasons why prisoners should be allowed to use J-Pay?

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1. JPay allows inmates to maintain a vital connection with the outside world, thus potentially assisting them with their rehabilitation. Most prisoners will be released at some point, and JPay can be a vital tool for smoothing their transition back into society.

2. It's all too easy for prison inmates to feel isolated inside. As well as making rehabilitation harder, this also has the potential to lead to serious mental health problems. The communication offered by JPay can be a way to mitigate such problems.

3. The imprisonment of a family member can all too often lead to family breakdown, which has a particularly negative impact on children, who desperately need to have adult guidance in their lives during their formative years. JPay can help maintain some kind of bond between inmates and their families by providing an easy and efficient way for them to maintain contact with each other.

4. Far too many prisoners have problems with literacy. Allowing them to compose emails via JPay is one way of helping them to improve their reading and writing skills.

5. The money raised from JPay transactions can be plowed back into the system to the prisoners' benefit. In Michigan, for instance, the revenue that the prison system earns from JPay transactions goes into a prisoner benefit fund, which is used to pay for items such as recreation equipment.

6. Using JPay gives prisoners something to do and something to look forward to in life. Bored prisoners are potentially dangerous prisoners, and so allowing them to send electronic messages, especially via the tablets that are provided to prisoners in many states, minimizes the threat of the devil making work for idle hands, as the saying goes.

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Here is some information on JPay and how it may make a big difference in the life of someone who is incarcerated. From the information below, you would be able to extrapolate six (or more) reasons why it may be a good idea to allow prisoners to use this service.

The prison system is supposed to be about rehabilitation and restorative practices for those who are incarcerated for committing crimes.

Originally, and up until the 1970s, the idea of using prison as a way for teaching criminals better behaviors, and then release them back to the community, took a turn in purpose and principle that made the idea of incarceration more punitive than restorative.

Those who still believe that incarceration should be a time for self-study and self-awareness, would agree that certain privileges could be afforded to criminals as part of their behavioral and restorative journey. One of these privileges is using JPay.

JPay is company that provides payment services to people currently in prison, as well as to parolees, people on probation, and anyone connected to corrections who has to use money to finance someone in prison.

This service provides one more channel of communication between inmates and their loved ones via email and video visitations. The service also makes it easier for family members to fund friends or family in prison by providing an interface that lets people send money instantly.

Prison life is not easy, and the privilege of purchasing an educational game, or listening to music, could help pass the time less miserably. Inmates can use JPay to fund these activities.

JPay also has a educational platform that enables prisoners to take courses and become better educated. This educational program comes complete with ebooks, visitation sessions for education, kiosks, and even tablets in some institutions.

Other important fees that many who have had issues with the law must pay can also be processed through JPay. These include court costs, restitution, release cards, supervision fees, and self-report fees.

Essentially, allowing this service to be used by prisoners makes matters easier for the families and friends of the prisoner, as well as for the inmate as well. In a situation like incarceration, it is the families of the inmates who suffer and worry the most, thus making the inmate even more frustrated and angry (if they have empathy for others). This service can make both parties less anxious and able to communicate more.

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