In the United States prison system, one of the most serious threats facing institutions is inmates who feel they have nothing to lose. Inmates who are sent to prison for long periods of time oftentimes develop a deep sense of ennui, which causes them to gradually lose hope and become dependent upon the carceral environment for their own sense of identity. It is this process of institutionalization that has long been the focal point of reforming inmates and allowing them to have a viable second chance at life upon their release.
One company, Securus Technologies, is helping to fight the institutionalization of inmates in a novel and high-tech way. Through its implementation of video visitation systems, Securus is allowing inmates to stay in almost constant contact with family members, giving them something to get out of bed for in the morning and a sense of lasting hope. Inmates that would have likely gone their entire sentence without seeing their close family members, including young children, are now able to talk with them on a daily basis, allowing for the maintenance of those crucial relationships with outside, law-abiding citizens that prevent inmates from becoming completely engulfed by the criminal milieu of the prison environment.
On top of this, Securus has been able to offer the service and incredibly low rates. On average, prisoners paid just $0.15 per minute to use Securus’ video visitation systems, a rate that is lower, historically speaking, the most inmates would have been paying for outgoing telephone calls on an old, analog line.
It is through innovations like these that Securus is doing a great deal to keep U.S. prisons safe for both inmates and the guards who keep the institutions running. Through its billion-dollar research and development projects, Securus continues to deliver high-tech and innovative products to one of the most challenging workplace environments in the country.