The Securus Technologies company is hard at work spreading the good word. Securus is a telecommunications company that exclusively provides communication services to prisons and jail facilities. This puts the company in an incredibly powerful position. They could behave like other prison telecommunications companies, such as Global Tel-Link, and charge the inmates a prohibitive rate. Instead, they choose to connect inmates with their families in order to reduce recidivism and crime rates throughout the country. They do this by employing technologies such as video visitation.
That’s why Securus is spreading the good word. Since the company only deals with the prison population, their friends, and their families, not many people are aware of the benefits of video visitation in prisons.
One of the first things you have to know is that prisoners are often sentenced to facilities that are far away from their friends and family. This can put an undue burden on anyone trying to visit the inmate. It can take an entire day and a full gas tank in order to visit a prisoner that you know. The visitation process itself is very uncomfortable. There is a security check, you are forced to wait, and the atmosphere is not very inviting. It can be an especially difficult experience for children.
Video visitation allows the families of prisoners to save time and money. The visitation is instant allowing more people to visit with the inmate without sacrificing an entire day. Friends and families also save money on the cost of fuel and food on the road. The technology also saves children from having to go through the incredibly intimidating process of visiting a prison facility. This technology should be celebrated and welcomed in the cold, hard world of the criminal justice system. After all, the technology benefits everybody involved.