Samsung goes to prison: Rikers Island inmates score custom Galaxy Tab S2 slates

Imagine you are at Rikers Island, New York City's main jail complex, and longing for some connection with the world, be it digital and tablet-like. That's exactly what Christopher Grewe, the CEO of American Prison Data Systems (APDS) has imagined, and came up with a solution. The company apparently got a good deal on a bunch of Galaxy Tab S2 slates from Samsung, as it created rugged enclosures for them, loaded the tablets with prescreened software and special browsers, and intends to distribute them among inmates. 

The prisoners will be able to prep for their court hearings, read books, or do some education and vocational training sessions on the tablets, and that's the whole premise. Internet connection trickles down to the slates via Verizon's 4G network, rather than Wi-Fi, which is switched off for security purposes, but still, this is better than nothing. APDS claims that they stopped their sights on Android, as it was much easier to customize than, say, iOS-driven tablets, that is why they are putting Samsung in prison.

source: Greenbot via SamMobile

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Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch
  • Display 9.7" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 5870 mAh



1. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Seem like they are enjoying their life than reflecting their action in there.

2. Shocky unregistered

Yes, pretty much, Waste of money.

3. TerryTerius unregistered

US prisons (for the most part) don't do much of anything to reform people, teach them useful skills, or address their issues. All they really do is make better criminals. Then again, I guess when you have a for-profit prison system there isn't much motivation to make sure that people don't keep going back. Not to mention the issues with finding employment and the removal of their right to vote. Our jails are literally making more crime as opposed to addressing it.

4. TerryTerius unregistered

Treating prisoners like actual people is exactly why Norway has such a low recidivism rate and actually manages to reform them.

5. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Yes, even the cops there don't carry a gun unless the situation goes bad, when I mean bad I mean the criminal goes on a shooting spree or some s**t, the cops in one of the cities there only fired one bullet last year, LOL

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