Securus Technologies, one of the nation’s leading providers of inmate communications technologies and services, has hit an out of the park homerun with its video visitation system. This highly innovative, VoIP-based communications technology has allowed inmates to begin communicating with their loved ones in ways never before possible. Inmates are now able to stay in nearly constant, face-to-face communication with their loved ones and family members on the outside, greatly increasing the ability of inmates to remain positively socialized to the norms of law-abiding citizens and avoiding the pitfalls of institutionalization.
One of the ways in which Securus is spreading this technology is through keeping costs to prisoners incredibly low. Whereas once upon a time in the U.S. prison system, inmates were charged exorbitant rates, even for making outgoing phone calls on analog pay phones, today, those same inmates are able to make calls on high-tech video visitation system for just $0.15 per minute. At these rates, it is possible for almost all inmates to afford the price of a phone call to their loved ones, allowing for almost any inmate who has the desire to stay in constant touch with their loved ones on the outside the ability to do so.
This is not just creating value for inmates and their families, it is also creating much safer prison environments. Prisoners who have access to the means of communicating with their loved ones are much more likely to behave themselves. This is due to the fact the ability of staff to use cherished privileges, such as the ability to communicate with family, is a powerful tool by which they can incentivize inmates to follow the rules of the institution.
It has been shown by a number of studies that institutions where Securus video visitation has been installed have far lower rates of serious infractions, including outbreaks of violence among the inmates.