Rick Smith, CEO of Securus Technologies was recently quoted, by PR Newswire, saying that he expected that the number of dispatched devices, that they had made for correctional facilities, to nearly double from the eighty-four thousand, that they had already sent out, to one hundred and fifty thousand by the end of 2016. The article made it clear that Smith believes he has a responsibility to inmates, personnel in correctional facilities and the community as a whole to make jail and prison a safer place, improve on the lives on both the inmates and their family and friends, and to make a significant decrease in recidivism.
According to the article, the meaning of incarceration has dramatically shifted. Instead of meaning punishment, it now means rehabilitations and a time to prepare to go back out into the world. Securus’ goal is to make this a smooth process and that is why they invested 600 million dollars into developing and producing devices that could better enable inmates to recover and prepare themselves for the rest of their lives. This includes education, quality communication with loved ones and the ability to state their grievances with the system. It also means they should have access to a law library in order for them to be able to defend themselves.
Securus Technologies is a creator of cutting edge technologies that assist individuals in the criminal justice system, both personnel and inmates. Securus provides phone services, video services and email services (see BBB reviews here). Under their inmate phone calls services, Securus provides pre-paid accounts, billed accounts, billed through the caller’s telephone company, pre-paid accounts for inmates and a voicemail ability when calling inmates. The video services provides video visitation so that an inmate’s loved ones do not have to travel to see them. Secure instant mail is the email service that Securus provides. This allows inmates to hear about something as soon as it happens by receiving an email from them directly.
Securus also provides a number of other products for monitoring, corrections services, investigating and public safety. The public safety solutions include an emergency response system and 2 devices that are used for incident management. Under investigative solutions, there are devices that assist with both investigations and with biometric analysis. Within the corrections solutions are solutions for inmate communication, information management, inmate self-service and managed access. There are also 3 different monitoring solutions for personnel use.
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