JPay Introduces the JP5mini, a Highly Customized Android Tablet for Inmates

Latest inmate tablet leverages Android-based operating system to propel faster processing, deliver more apps and provide an enhanced user-experience.

Jul 09, 2015, 09:00 ET from JPay

MIAMI, July 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- JPay today announced the official release of the company's next generation inmate tablet, the JP5mini.  The JP5mini offers all of JPay's products and services, but now on an Android-based operating system, which is highly customized for the prison environment. The tablet features a host of new apps, an enhanced email experience and the new operating system empowers JPay's development shop to deliver more apps at a much higher frequency.  Most exciting, the JP5mini is built with Wi-Fi capability to accommodate facilities that are transitioning to wireless networks.

Learning from the success of JPay's popular JP4 tablet (currently in the hands of over 60,000 inmates), the JP5mini maintains the same compact size of 4.3 inches, which is an important convenience factor given the constant movement of inmates while in prison.  The tablet is packed with a dual-core processor, which not only enables users to handle multiple tasks, but also offers a lengthy battery life so inmates can play over 35-hours of music and watch 12-hours of video.  With up to 32 megabytes of storage, crisper graphics and a modernized email program, users will enjoy a more feature-rich and streamlined experience.

"Announcing a new tablet is a major milestone, but the real excitement is how we're upgrading our company's capabilities," said JPay CEO, Ryan Shapiro.  "We will be delivering far more apps at a faster pace, which should result in the betterment of inmate rehabilitation and education."

Designed to be effective in the prison environment, the JP5mini was constructed out of clear, polycarbonate plastic and built to be temperature and impact-resistant.  The tablet's mold design is customized for rigorous use, and they are even drop-tested from 30-feet to ensure maximum durability. On the software side, JPay invested heavily to ensure tablets are never used to disrupt prison security. Features include:

  • Passive RFID to verify ownership
  • Secure boot loader to ensure no other operating system can be installed
  • A Linux Kernel, customized for corrections security
  • Vigorous content approval software

"This tablet, combined with our current reach, has the capacity to truly rehabilitate offenders on a massive scale," Shapiro continues. "We believe a real change is coming to corrections and we are excited to be at the forefront."

About JPay
JPay designs, builds and deploys its technology to prisons and jails across the country, establishing correspondence to help educate and rehabilitate offenders.  Serving more than 1.9 million offenders in 34 states, JPay makes the corrections process more convenient for offenders and their loved ones, while modernizing processes and increasing intelligence capabilities for corrections facilities. Products include money transfer services, email and video communications, education, games, music and more.

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