Over the holidays, Securus video visitation isn’t just gift for inmates

Securus Technology is a global leader in prison services. Over the last decade, it has developed and rolled out perhaps its most important and successful product. Securus Video Visitation allows inmates to stay connected with their families and loved ones in ways that were not previously possible. On top of that, the cost savings are tremendous to families who in past times were required to get in the car and physically travel to the prison where their incarcerated loved one was housed. But inmates and their families are only the most obvious beneficiaries of this innovative new technology. It turns out there are a whole host of unseen winners when a prison installs video visitation.

 

 

Video visitation – the gift that keeps on giving

 

One of the most dangerous scenarios any corrections officer faces is a non-compliant, violent inmate who thinks he has nothing to lose. Aside from organized criminal gangs, the single biggest threat to any correctional institution is violent inmates with defiant attitudes towards officers and prison rules. Keeping inmates connected with the outside world and the lives they lived and will someday return to is perhaps the most effective ameliorant against loss of hope. Video visitation privileges also provide a potent incentive for inmates to follow prison rules and engage in pro-social behavior. In fact, data shows that institutions where Securus video visitation has been installed suffer significantly fewer episodes of violence and have significantly better rates of inmate compliance. Video visitation makes the institute itself safer.

 

Another direct benefit of video visitation is enjoyed by the corrections officers themselves. Because inmate visitations are mostly mandated by state law and Supreme Court decisions, with some limitations, officers have no choice but to move an inmate whose loved ones have come to visit him throughout the prison. In the past, this often constituted the most dangerous part of a corrections officer’s day. Many inmates belong to gangs and often times moving them through parts of the prison controlled by other gangs in order to reach the visitation area was unavoidable. Under such scenarios, extreme violence often broke out in the blink of an eye.

 

In other cases, the inmate being moved took the opportunity of limited restraint and being in a more loosely controlled area of the prison to attack prison staff directly. In some tragic cases, such attacks have led to fatalities of corrections officers. With video visitation being widely implemented these risks are being largely removed, making prisons much safer for both inmates and staff alike.

 

 

Securus Helps to Ease the Everyday Struggle of Prison

I know that a lot of people suffer behind bars. Jail is not a great place to be and it should be this way. However, that does not mean that people should have to suffer for their wrong doing all of the time. Securus is a company that provides inmates with the ability to communicate with their loved ones on the outside.

 

I can tell you that being locked up really tries a person. Without having a good support system in place it can be very difficult to endure. Many people deal with problems in a different way and some of them are not always good. One way that inmates can help to find some solace and peace behind bars is by using the Securus Video Visitation App.

 

This app helps inmates to keep in touch with their families. This is an important part of the reformation process for inmates. Being able to communicate with children, spouses and other family members helps to bring some normalcy and stability into the lives of inmates. It also helps them to maintain a sense of balance and purpose.

 

Inmates need a helping hand. They are in a very tough place in their lives. I am not just speaking on jail – I’m talking about their whole entire lives in genera. Yes, they might have made the wrong decisions that put them behind bars but that does not mean that they do not deserve any compassion or mercy.

 

It is tough trying balance punishment with fair treatment for prisoners. There is no getting around this fact. I just know that all people need compassion whether they admit it or not. Securus uses their Video Visitation technology to ensure that prisoners can have some type of hope while they serve their time.

 

Personally, I believe that Securus should be commended for the work they do for prisoners behind bars. Their efforts have helped to change a lot of lives and to keep people heading in the right direction once they leave prison. In my opinion that is a really good accomplishment. You can find out more about Securus by linking to their site.

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