Unilink acquires Prison Technology Services and delivers additional Secure Mail and Payments
Unilink offers ‘joined up’ Prisoner Rehabilitation Services
Unilink Software, the market leader in “Prisoner SelfService” technologies, has acquired Prison Technology Services (PTS) in a move which will enable enhanced family contact for prisoners, improving their chances of rehabilitation while reducing prison running costs.
Kiosks and incell devices will offer PTS’s ‘email a prisoner’ and ‘secure payment functions’, alongside Unilink’s prisoner selfservice technology. These PTS services are provided at no charge to NOMS and linking these with Unilink’s kiosk will lead to more “joined up” services for prisoners.
“Email a prisoner” begins trials in Holland in February while the “Secure Payment Service” is also taking off rapidly in the UK, enabling secure epayments
to be made to prisoners, removing the need for handling cheques, postal orders and cash. This payment method is not only fast and safe but also
creates a complete audit trail between sender and receiver, making it more secure and streamlining the process for prison Correspondence and Finance
teams while costing nothing for the prison.
The enlarged organisation is also continuing to support ex-prisoners to get back into self-employment through the “virtual academy”, see at http://ptsvirtualacademy.co.uk . This Academy will empower those with a viable business idea or that harbour ambitions to work for themselves, usually excluded from engaging, the opportunity to have their ideas listened to. The better proposals will be guided to success through our academy whilst others will be redirected
to the relevant help/assistance.
Francis Toye, MD of Unilink, said: “What really attracted me to PTS was their energy and enthusiasm. They have real expertise in the provision of prison services and this linkup has excellent synergies for both organisations and NOMS. Together with Unilink’s technology, we believe we can satisfy the competing demands of prisons, prisoners and their families while helping in the rehabilitation revolution.”
Derek Jones, founder of Prison Technology Services, commented: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Unilink; a company whose technology I have been extremely impressed with having seen its kiosks in action in prisons across the UK.
“This partnership gives us a real opportunity to make a difference. By installing PTS on Unilink’s kiosks, we will not only be able to extend our services to a greater number of prisoners, aiding in their rehabilitation and resettlement, but we also hope to generate significant efficiency and cost
savings for prison authorities and users.”