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.