For most families, Christmas is a time of joy that is spent bringing holiday cheer and spending time together, or even with extended family. But for some families, it’s been a time of hardship when a father, mother, son, or daughter is doing time in a correctional facility and unable to share the moment. But that is now changing through Securus Technologies‘ video visitation program, an opportunity inmates are given to spend holidays like Christmas with their families. Instead of simply talking on the phone and describing what’s happening, young children or parents are able to see their loved ones and not miss a moment. The video visitation program goes a long way towards encouraging inmates to maintain good behavior, while at the same time also encouraging their families not to lose hope.
Securus Technologies is an advanced inmate communication company based in Dallas, TX. They’ve been in business since 1986, serving thousands of correctional facilities across the United States by keeping families connected to incarcerated loved ones, and helping monitor the premises and alerting law enforcement officials if a threat is imminent. Securus acquired JPay, which has allowed inmates to transfer funds electronically, purchase digital music and movies, signup for and take online courses, and has even made secure tablets for inmates who qualify for them.
Securus uses ConnectUs to help inmates and their families setup phone billing options that make prepaid phone calls easier, or direct billing to accounts for more available calling time and less hassle. The video visitation service has saved families time and money by allowing them to talk to their loved ones right from home. The Securus THREADS program is one of the most well-designed incident response programs that monitors inmate behavior, associations, communications, and any suspicious activities that law enforcement should be aware of. The Securus information management system relays information to law enforcement officials and stores relevant information in databases.
Securus even has Investigator Pro, software that can look into the background of inmates’ contacts who are outside the facility. Its voice recognition software can match voices against any known former inmates, or wanted criminals. In addition, word recognition software can scan through electronic messages and detect potential threats.