CorrLinks: Making It Work for the Corrections System
CorrLinks is an online way for friends and family of people in correctional facilities to electronically connect to their loved ones in those facilities. Launched through an affiliation with ATG, this networking system enables family members to sign-up for free online access to CorrLinks' inmate locating database. By simply providing name and contact details, the loved ones will be notified of the location of their loved one. The system can also be used to search inmate records, or CorrLinks can be used as an automated search tool. It is designed to save the families' time and lessen the work involved in the searching process.
To use the CorrLinks iPhone/Smart Phone/ tablet application, one first needs to download CorrLinks from the Android Store or the App Store. Once downloaded, open the CorrLinks installer and follow the on-screen prompts. Next, connect the mobile device to the computer via the USB cable and then, install the Android Emulator app on the phone or tablet. An icon will be displayed on the screen to signify that installation has begun. Allow the emulated Android device to connect to the computer's browser via the USB cable to verify that everything is working correctly.
Once installed, CorrLinks iPhone/Smart Phone/tablet application allows the individual to search for his or her family member's name and locate his or her location in the CorrLinks map. In addition to the location tool, the application also provides inmate search suggestions that are based on various criteria, such as gender, age and inmate type (i.e., prisoners, non-prisoners). CorrLinks also allows the individual to view photos of his or her loved ones in prison. If one is not comfortable viewing the photos online, the Corrections agency may provide them to ensure the family member's pictures are never exposed to the public eye. For those in the corrections system who are interested in implementing CorrLinks, the program can be used to make the searches more effective.