Miami, FL (PRWEB) March 15, 2011
JPay Inc, the leader in offender related payment and media services, has been awarded an exclusive contract by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections to provide electronic offender payments, release debit cards, offender email, kiosk services and MP3 players to the State's 40,000 offenders and their families.
DOC's award allows the state to accept electronic payments from inmate friends and families alleviating the DOC of manually processing money orders. JPay will also install it's offender kiosk system which allows offenders and family members to communicate electronically - decreasing the influx of physical mail that needs to be read and sorted by hand. The kiosks will also let offenders purchase secure MP3 players to download digital music. Based in Miami, JPay develops solutions that streamline prison operations while delivering quality services for incarcerated inmates, their friends and families, and for offenders on parole or probation. The award was made through a competitive bidding process in response to a DOC Request for Proposal.
"We are very excited about our new partnership with the Louisiana DOC," said JPay CEO RJ Shapiro. "JPay will be breaking new ground in the State by bringing electronic payment and email systems custom built for the prison environment." In addition, the entire system is provided at no cost to the DOC. Says Shapiro, "the services are funded by the end user. It could be the inmate downloading music or the family member sending money on our website using a debit card or walking a cash payment down to a local WalMart." JPay hopes to have the electronic payment service available statewide within a couple months.
"This is not just a win for us, it's a win for the Louisiana DOC and the friends and families of the Louisiana offenders" says Shapiro.
About JPay Inc.
With Louisiana as the latest addition to their client list, JPay now serves over 1.3 million offenders, their families and friends across 22 states and over 60 county jails. For more information about JPay Inc visit http://www.jpayinc.com.