SECURUS Technologies CEO, Rick Smith Cuts Prison Communications Costs

CEO Rick Smith of Dallas, TX-headquartered SECURUS Technologies, a security firm specializing in investigation, monitoring, public safety and parolee tracking solutions, has been improving the communications options available to corrections facilities inmates nationwide with his company’s cost-effective offerings. SECURUS has invested more than $600 million in the development and acquisition of hundreds of security technologies and services. Last year, the company entered into intellectual property deals with more than a dozen of its competitors that allowed the firm to add 60 new patents to their existing 245. Rick Smith has given estimates that the company files an average of 25 new patents per year.

Under the CEO’s leadership, the company has reduced the costs of calls that is charged to incarcerated inmates by nearly 40 percent. That impressive figure is further bolstered by the increase in the numbers of installations at corrections facilities that has grown by 137 percent to 3450 sites between 2011 and 2017.The average cost of a call made by inmates in 2008 was $3.28. That figure was reduced to approximately $2 in 2016.Promoting the importance of reducing recidivism, SECURUS has invested over $200 million in selected offerings geared towards improving the lives of inmates after their release from prison.

Earlier this year, Rick Smith outlined his vision for the future of inmate communications, increasing the options available to prison populations. Reduced pricing, more educational programs and job placement services, the option to use their own cell phones to make calls and improvements to communications systems that will improve bail processing and booking times are among the improvements that Smith envisions.The SECURUS communications services support an incarcerated population of more than 1.2 million across the country.

About Rick Smith

Owner and CEO of SECURUS Technologies, a leading provider of civil and criminal security solutions that improve public safety and deliver modern communications services to incarcerated populations across North America, Rick Smith joined the firm in 2008.Prior to his involvement with SECURUS, Smith was the CEO, COO and Director at Echelon Telecom, Inc. and the VP of Frontier Corporation. Rick Smith Securus earned a Bachelor’s of Science from State University, a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Brockport and an MBA from Rochester University.

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