One of the ways in which the security of a correctional institution can be dangerously disrupted is via the inmate visitation process. Every day in correctional facilities on the federal, state, and local levels, contraband is being smuggled into institutions via inmate visitation with family members and friends.
The introduction of drugs, mobile phones, and other articles renders a correctional facility less safe for all involved. This includes inmates, correctional officers, and other staff members.
One methodology that is becoming more widely utilized as a means of lessening the threats to safety and security posed by traditional face-to-face visitation is the Securus Technologies Video Visitation solution. Through Securus Technologies Video Visitation, inmates can have meaningful visitation with their loved ones without the inherent threat to institutional safety and security that always potentially exists when inmates have direct contact with people from the proverbial outside world.
Another reason why Securus Technologies Video Visitation renders correctional institutions safer rests in the reality that this type of solution is far less expensive than traditional visitation. Traditional visitation requires the necessity of a great deal of costly staff-power to carry out. The devotion of significant amounts of staff time to the visitation process occurs whether inmate visits are face-to-face or within the facility using a phone and camera system.
With Video Visitation, inmate visitors need not submit to the staff time draining process of physical screening. If traditional visits are of the face-to-face derivation, staff time is not expended on correctional officers supervising the actual visiting process.
The cost to an institution of an in-person inmate visit is thought to be about $100 per session. On the other hand, with the Securus Technologies Video Visitation process, the cost per visit drops to a meager $2.72 per session. This permits a notable reduction of spending on visitation needs, money which can be redirected to another necessary institutional safety and security needs.
Securus Technologies recently announced its decision to launch a campaign for remote video visitation in US correctional facilities. The criminal and civil justice tech solutions provider launched the service in 2014. Many people have taken to remote video visitation due to its numerous benefits.
Benefits of remote video visitation
Securus connects well over 2000000 remote video visitations per year. Mr. Richard A. Smith, the CEO of Securus Technologies, is very excited about the concept of connecting inmates to their loved ones when it would have otherwise been impossible. Birthdays and anniversaries no longer have to be missed, fathers can now help their children with homework and inmates can now celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving with their loved ones.
Inmates in almost 200 US agencies have access to the service. It is very affordable; on average, it costs $2.72 per visit. Consumers get to save more than $100 per visit when they use remote video visitation. The app has been downloaded more than 200000 times since it was launched. Many people are embracing this service as it has made things much better for inmates and their loved ones.
Securus’ remote video visitation service is just one of the many ways in which the company strives to improve conditions for inmates and their loved ones; and the company’s efforts do not go unrecognized. In May 2016, it received an A+ rating accreditation from the Better Business Bureau for its excellent services and its continuous efforts to make conditions in correctional facilities safer for inmates and wardens and to make the community as a whole a safer and better place for everyone.
Change moves forward in the world of Technology at a rapid pace. It could be said that the lifespan of a trend or period of history in this technological age is more fleeting due to the rapid methods of communication. Messages that make impact on society happen in real time where as in times only one hundred years previous to this time, messages took several days by the snail mail to arrive or by delayed morse code, however even that type of messaging was not in real time. The point is, criminal activity can now be observed in real time through Securus Technologies. Many crimes can be prevented before they take place at a much higher rate of success. This is the mission of Securus Technologies(ST).
The investigative solutions alone of ST will manage the data in storage stacks, electronically making this data available for those who will build evidence and cases to prosecute the bad guys. This data can also be used for analysis and measurement which enables criminologists to understand and interpret behavior and societal trends in criminal activity. Such tools provide enormous quantities of actionable intelligence that will result in more proactive case solutions for law enforcement and criminal justice systems.
It is in the best interest of our society in general and for the National Security of the United States to deploy the services of entities such as Securus Technologies in the pursuit of a safer and more just world. In the application of Public Safety Solutions, ST has been involved in assisting law enforcement agencies to gather intelligence to prevent potential threats to the public by bad actors such as gangs, white collar criminals in identity theft rings, terrorist plotting and drug dealer networks to name a few. Should crimes occur that are meant to cause harm there is an emergency response aspect to Securus Technologies that will deploy as well.