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  • Posted Friday, September 2, 2016

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APDS Celebrates Three Years as a Public Benefit Corporation

This month marks the three-year anniversary of American Prison Data Systems as a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC). On August 1st, 2013, the State of Delaware added a subchapter to its General Corporation Law allowing companies to convert to a PBC and take into account the social purpose of their actions beyond traditional corporate goals of maximizing profit for shareholders. More specifically, companies are required to state a specific public benefit that has a positive effect on one or more categories of persons, entities, communities or interests beyond its stockholders.

Shortly after this declaration, APDS filed to become the first ever Delaware PBC. In doing so, CEO Christopher Grewe stated his desire to address the lack of safe and effective means of providing educational content to incarcerated learners, which he believed was key to turning lives around and reducing rates of recidivism. APDS has dedicated the last four years to developing proprietary and delivery technology that provides high quality, one-to-one adaptive programming, both educational and rehabilitative. The State of Delaware recognized Grewe’s efforts and awarded APDS the prestigious designation in August, 2013.

APDS remains one of the few vendors that entered the correctional education space motivated by the desire to achieve social good, and we are proud to say this has remained of utmost importance three years later. The company’s highly specialized tablet technology has been used by inmates for over three million hours, with thousands of educational and rehabilitative videos, lessons and courses completed. Customer feedback has been universally positive and facilities using APDS tablets are reporting improvements in safety, educational attainment, and high levels of engagement with content. It is APDS’ ultimate hope that our efforts will result in lower rates of recidivism for years to come.

Read here for more information and a full description on how to become a PBC.