Video chat is a part of everyday life. You can log on to a variety of services and call one of your friends right now. Most of the time, it costs nothing. You can video chat so long as you have access to high-speed Internet. You can even video chat somebody all the way across the planet. With all of this in mind, it is high time that inmates and prisoners across this country have access to the same technology.
Inmates in over 178 different prison facilities across this country already have access to this video chat technology. But it is a little shortsighted to call it video chat. The technology, developed by Securus, does a whole lot more than simple telecommunication. The person trying to contact the inmate sets up an account on the Securus website. After logging into the newly created accounts, the user simply requests a video chat time. This request is sent to the prison facility and approved. Once approved, the user then logs back into the account at the appropriate time to start the video visitation. As you can see, this technology is a lot more complicated than a simple Skype session.
The applications of this technology are numerous, especially around the holidays. A stunning 110,000 visits per year happen on a smartphone. This means that more family members are getting mobile with their visitation. You can bring a smartphone into almost any venue, including the family’s living room, a sporting event, a play rehearsal, and anyplace else you can think of. This technology can really help the inmates communicate with their families, making reintegration into society a lot easier. Studies show that inmates who are well connected to their families on the inside of prison are much less likely to commit a crime when released from that prison.
Prison calling with Securus is very simple because of the way that it is set up. I have a lot of people in my group home who are trying to keep in touch with friends and family that they might have left behind in jail. They want to call back there to see how these people are doing, and they are going to help people make sure that they can get through their prison term. Some of these people are coming back to our group home when they get out, and there are many people who are going to feel better because we use Securus.
The people who manage the group home have given all of us the tablets we need with the apps that we use, and they are very easy to use. The application pulls up Securus in seconds, and then we can all talk to the people we need to talk to. I also want to be sure that the people that I have seen go back to jail can get help from me when I am chatting with them every day. It is a lot easier for people to get the help that they need, and it gives them some roots they might not have if family have given up on them.
Someone who wants to be sure that they can get the right kinds of calls through should use Securus. It is very safe, and I am trying to make sure that people who live in our group home will feel as though they are back in touch with something they need. I want them to be happy because that will make their lives better, and someone who is using Securus will see the people that they love very clearly probably for the first time in a long time.
The flooding in many coastal areas has not been kind for thousands of people. It could happen to any of us. You, me, anybody. The people at Securus Technologies are lending a helping hand to the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (LADOC) via free phone calls for their inmates.
Each inmate will be allowed one free call per day so that any family members impacted by the recent floods can keep in touch easier. The free calls began when the heavy flooding began and will end September 7th. Louisiana felt a huge impact from the tropical storm Hermine and many other coastal areas did as well. The flooding in Louisiana was so intense that many safety issues and precautions had to be implemented in order to keep communications a viable option. As you can imagine, inmates have very limited access to their families already.
This show of compassion is just another way that the Securus company is doing all that they can to keep people connected. Richard A Smith, CEO of Securus Technologies stated, “Connecting inmates with family is a critical service that is core to what we do.” The 250,000 free calls will cost Securus an estimated $300,000. In addition, they will be donating $50,000 to the inmate welfare fund at the LADOC. It is surely welcomed by the many incarcerated individuals worried about their loved ones.
The headquarters for Securus is located in Dallas Texas with regional office locations adding up to roughly 1,000 employees. The company was founded in 1986 with the sole purpose to improve the quality and speed of inmate communications. For more information on Securus Technologies, click the link in this article.
Securus Technologies is a company that has been leading the way in the government information management, tracking of parolees and inmate/detainee communications industries for some time now. I learned recently that Securus has been involved in a bit of an investigation about how some inmate communications providers have been accused of overcharging their customers.
I came about some interesting information about this whole scenario via a press release published by Securus Technologies. In this release, I found out about a company called Global Tel Link (GTL.) This company is a big player in the prison telecommunications industry, and it is believed to be a company that has engaged in overcharging and indulging in other dishonest business practices.
In the Securus press release I found out about some of the potential misdeeds of GTL. You see, the press release that I am referring to is just the first in a series that Securus plans on releasing over the next few months. Their goal is to bring these charges against GTL to light, and to bring about positive changes in the inmate communications industry.
In the first press release, I found out that GTL has been engaging in certain unscrupulous business practices to such an extent that they have cost the taxpayers of Louisiana about $1,243,000 to date.
It takes individuals and organizations that are willing to step up to the plate and to do the right thing in order to prevent corruption in varying industries. Hats off to Securus or putting in effort to do their part to clean up the inmate communications industry, and to hold providers in this industry accountable for their actions.
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