Portfolio company American Prison Data Systems is using tablets to build a digital bridge between schools behind bars and schools on a neighborhood street. The data collected at Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility shows that the 50 incarcerated young women who have been given tablets are calmer, not filing as many grievances, and reading more books.
Lockwood said access to the internet was a big concern because the DOC did not want inmates getting online. APDS uses a separate standalone network, something the state could not afford to create, and monitors all its tablets around the clock, which convinced the state to give it a try. Offering the devices at only one facility was the department’s way of “putting a toe in the water,” she said.