Securus Technologies Announces the Expansion of Visitation Opportunities Through Video Visitation Service
Press Release Jan 27, 2015
Bringing Visitation Online Eliminates Current Visitation Restrictions and Makes Visitation More Convenient Than Ever.
DALLAS, TX January 27, 2015/PRNewswire/ -- Securus Technologies, a leading provider of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for public safety, investigations, corrections and monitoring, announced today that its Video Visitation services are increasing hours of visitation and making the process more convenient.
Due to growing inmate populations and shrinking corrections budgets, many correctional agencies have cut back on hours of operating visitation between inmates and their family and friends. Implementing Securus’ Video Visitation solution is reversing this trend because online visitation is often made available 7 days a week for 10 hours per day. Even when on-site visitation is open, it’s often at times that aren’t convenient for everyone.
In addition, many correctional institutions can be far from family and include many obstacles such as parking and waiting in lines. With Securus Video Visitation, all of the hassle, inconvenience and burden is removed from the family. While on-site visitation is still available, Securus’ video visitation empowers family to not only choose when it’s most convenient, but it requires less effort than traveling, parking and missing work. Further, Securus Video Visitation allows family to schedule a pre-determined time so the visitation is guaranteed which is better than standing in line and hoping their incarcerated love one is available when they show up to visit.
Richard A. "Rick" Smith, CEO of Securus Technologies said, "Securus recognizes how important communication is between those incarcerated and family and friends. Bringing visitation online helps everyone stay connected more often while reducing the complexities of current operational processes. The easier it is, the more it’s available and used by family members which helps reduce recidivism.”
Smith said, “Over the past several years, Securus has invested $32 million dollars to install corrections grade multi-purpose touch screen devices that allow for video visitation services to inmates and their family and friends. That is the future – better/fuller visitations, safer visitations, lower recidivism, happier family/friends and inmates, and more efficient correctional operations – brought to you by Securus and our corrections partners.”
“I estimate that corrections could save approximately $1 billion annually in labor costs by moving to full video visitation use and family and friends could save $2 billion annually in time, travel, parking, time off work by utilizing the full features of video – these are staggering numbers, but certainly possible by the use of video visitation technology. The question is not if this is possible – but when will we all realize the wonderful benefits,” said Smith.
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.securustech.net.
For more information, contact:
Russell Roberts, 972-277-0656