Prison inmates in New York will soon have tablet computers. 

The Department of Corrections said the devices won't be connected to the internet, but they will be loaded with educational material. 

State officials said technology will improve operations and interaction with families, something experts said will help when inmates prepare to re-enter the community.

Albany County has had a similar program since 2016. Sheriff Craig Apple has called it a success.

"These are at no cost to the taxpayer," said Apple. "They're making things in the jail calmer, and when you have a calmer jail, you have a safer jail." 

State inmates will have the option to buy music, e-books and other entertainment. These tablets will be given to inmates free of charge, and the department says no state money is being used for the new initiative.