Securus Installs Largest Corrections Video Visitation Project In The United States for Maricopa County, Arizona
Press Release Nov 14, 2014
Securus Completes Construction of a 600 Video Visitation Terminal Project and Cuts Over System on November 6, 2014 – Inmates Now Receiving Worldwide Video Calls
DALLAS, TX November 14, 2014/PRNewswire/ -- Securus Technologies, a leading provider of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for public safety, investigation, corrections and monitoring, announced today that it has completed construction, testing, and successful cutover of the nation's largest video visitation platform that includes over 600 in county state-of-the-art terminals.
“Securus, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, and the Maricopa County Government completed this installation flawlessly – it represents the largest single deployment of a corrections video visitation platform in the United States," said Richard A. ("Rick") Smith. "Both organizations worked together over an extended period of time to change the way video visitations are conducted in a positive way. The Securus Video Visitation System will allow anyone from anywhere in the world to visit any inmate in the Maricopa County Sheriff's jails, including those housed at Tent City."
"This visitation technology will dramatically increase jail security and efficiency by changing the way visits occur between incarcerated inmates and their friends and family members. They now can visit a jailed inmate from the comfort of their homes via a simple internet connection," said Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. "Many of those incarcerated in the Maricopa County jail system are not from the immediate area – so this system allows them to connect to inmates from ANYWHERE in the world, let me repeat – from ANYWHERE in the world! That is a huge benefit for those families that have a person in jail here and that want to reach out to them – that communication is important to them, to inmates and all of society – no matter where they are," said Arpaio.
"Securus installed the video platform at no expense to Maricopa County taxpayers – that was an important threshold issue for me and Securus came through for us by making an investment that exceeded $2.4 million AND the system will eventually generate revenue for the Inmate Services Fund (ISF) as well. ISF provides educational programs for inmates – and with that education, the inmates have a better chance of being productive members of society and not returning to one of our jails. That improvement in recidivism saves us money – and I like that," said Arpaio.
About Securus Technologies
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and serving more than 2,600 public safety, law enforcement and corrections agencies and over 1,000,000 inmates across North America, Securus Technologies is committed to serve and connect by providing emergency response, incident management, public information, investigation, verification, communication, information management, inmate self-service, and monitoring products and services in order to make our world a safer place to live. Securus Technologies focuses on connecting what matters™. To learn more about our full suite of civil and criminal justice technology solutions, please visit www.securustechnologies.com.
About Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office employs over 3,400 people and represents the third largest sheriff's office in the United States. The office is led by Sheriff Joe Arpaio – know by all as "America's Toughest Sheriff," a name given to him by the media. Sheriff Arpaio was first elected to the position in 1992 and has been reelected to an unprecedented six (6) four (4) year terms. Sheriff Arpaio has implemented many unique programs for the county that decrease costs at the same time improving security and reducing recidivism.