Securus Technologies, Inc. Announces Contract to Install First Inmate Phone System in Texas
Press Release Oct 12, 2008
Securus Technologies, Inc. a leading provider of inmate communication services and innovative offender and case management software design, today announced that in a partnership with Embarq, it signed an agreement to install, operate, and maintain a sophisticated network that would allow inmates in the State of Texas prison system for the first time to make secure outgoing calls to family and friends.
- Seven (7) year contract with Texas Department of Criminal Justice;
- Securus’ portion of the contract is worth up to $100 million;
- Provides for installation of 4,000 phones to be used on a controlled basis to make outbound calls;
- 120,000 Texas inmates to have phone privileges by mid 2009;
- Providing Secure Call Platform (SCP) that provides closely monitored outbound calling on a proprietary sophisticated platform;
This contract represents one of the largest contracts ever signed in the inmate telecommunications sector.
The Texas Board of Criminal Justice unanimously approved a seven (7) year contract with Embarq to install a Texas prison-wide uniform telecommunications infrastructure including secure telephones that will digitally record/monitor inmate calls that investigators can also monitor. “It will be the finest inmate telecommunications system in the United States,” said Board Chairman Oliver Bell, an Austin businessman. “We are the last state to do this. But we have learned from other states what works well and what doesn't work, and the telecommunications infrastructure that we chose includes all the best features and represents the best value for Texas.”
John Viola, Executive Vice President of Sales for Securus Technologies indicated that, “We have partnered with Embarq in multiple inmate telecommunications contracts in the past – and we bring the best technology, the best customer service, the best team of Associates at both Embarq and Securus together to deliver great value to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. We are pleased that the Board has chosen our solution set – and we will deliver a completed project here that will exceed the TDCJ’s expectations – and I thank them for choosing us.”
Bill Cheek, EMBARQ president-Wholesale Markets, emphasized the scope of the Texas win.
"This project involves a major infrastructure installation including gigabit Ethernet for each of the system’s correctional facilities, in addition to installing the phone instruments," Cheek said. "We are looking at a phased-in implementation that will span six to nine months, and when this is completed, TDCJ will have a future-proof state-of-the-art communications system.”
Embarq Corporation (NYSE: EQ), headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, offers a complete suite of communications services. The company has approximately 18,000 employees and operates in 18 states. EMBARQ is included in the S&P 500 and is in the Fortune 500® list of America’s largest corporations. For consumers, EMBARQ offers an innovative portfolio of services that includes reliable local and long distance home phone service, high-speed Internet, wireless, and satellite TV from DISH Network® -- all on one monthly bill. For businesses, EMBARQ has a comprehensive range of flexible and integrated services designed to help businesses of all sizes be more productive and communicate with their customers. This service portfolio includes local voice and data services, long distance, Business Class High Speed Internet, wireless, satellite TV from DIRECTV®, enhanced data network services, voice and data communication equipment and managed network services. For more information, visit www.embarq.com.
Securus Technologies, Inc. is one of the largest suppliers of detainee communications and information management solutions, serving approximately 2,600 correctional facilities nationwide. A recognized leader in providing comprehensive, innovative technical solutions and responsive customer service, Securus’ sole focus is the specialized needs of the corrections and law enforcement communities. Securus is headquartered in Dallas, TX, with regional offices in Bedford, MA; Raleigh, NC; Carrollton and Allen, TX; and Atlanta, GA. For more information please visit the Securus website at www.securustechnologies.com.
Syscon Holdings, Ltd., our wholly-owned subsidiary, is a world leader in innovative Offender and Case Management Software design and delivery. Syscon’s Elite and Exact systems offer management functionality from booking and legal documentation through trust accounting, commissary, and medical records to the management of parole and other forms of community supervision. Syscon’s systems have been implemented in many States and large Counties across North America, in Australia and in England. Syscon solutions help manage more than 300,000 inmates and former inmates every day. For more information about Syscon, please visit www.syscon.net.
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The foregoing release contains statements that are forward-looking within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements are only predictions and are not guarantees of future performance. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are and will be, as the case may be, subject to many risks, uncertainties and factors relating to the operations and business environment of Securus Technologies, Inc. that may cause the actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Securus assumes no obligation to update the information contained in this press release.