LexisNexis and Touch Sonic Announce Legal Research Kiosks for Inmates

Mar 05, 2004


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LexisNexis U.S. and Touch Sonic Technologies have launched a new legal information kiosk that is designed to change the way prisons comply with court mandates requiring inmate access to the law. The two companies have already installed the new wall-mounted kiosks with shatterproof touch screens in corrections facilities in Hawaii and Riverside County, California. The kiosks, called the TSTLL, were developed specifically for prisons by Touch Sonic Technologies and feature legal research from LexisNexis, a provider of legal, news and business information services.

Most prison libraries offer legal books, which can be damaged or lost, and are quickly outdated. With these kiosks, corrections departments are expected to save hundreds of thousands of dollars on law books, while offering current legal information to inmates. States also stand to save money with fewer prisoner complaints about lack of access to legal research, which comprise substantial numbers of the inmate lawsuits filed. In addition to ensuring access to current legal information, the TSTLL unit allows the correctional facility to track the usage of each inmate through a login, providing a record that can be used to defend allegations of non-access.

Touch Sonic and LexisNexis have installed the TSTLL units in four correctional centers in Hawaii (Hawaii Community Correctional Center, Kauai Community Correctional Center, Women's Community Correctional Center, Kulani Correctional Facility) and five facilities in Riverside County, California (Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility, Blythe Jail, Indio Jail, Robert Presley Detention Centers, Southwest Detention Center). The inmates in Hawaii and California have access to the same LexisNexis legal research used by law firms. This includes access to state codes, court cases on the state and federal level, and resources like law dictionaries and guides to criminal defense. The research provided eliminates the need to offer Internet access from the kiosk.

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