While I am fortunate to be able to see my family during the holidays, there are many of us who are unable to. Those children with a parent in jail are typically deprived of spending time with their loved ones. Securus Technologies is one firm that is helping to bring inmates and their families together at Christmas time.
A YouTube video shows the technology in action and I couldn’t help but be impressed with the opportunity Securus telecommunications provides to incarcerated people and their kin. The video occurs on Christmas morning and the prisoner is able to speak with his son who has just woken up. The child is unwraps his presents while Dad, through Securus Video Services, offers feedback and encouragement. It is obvious to me that the technology is a blessing in a multitude of ways. Children are reminded that their fathers or mothers do indeed love them even though they cannot be there. Inmates are reminded that they do have a home, a life outside the prison walls. Onsite prison visits can be both inconvenient, time consuming and emotionally draining for family and the video technology is a happy compromise for all parties concerned.
They are headquartered in Dallas, Texas and serve over 3400 correctional facilities and 12,000,000 inmates across the United States. Aside from the video services offered, they also provide a large range of other products/services such as parole monitoring, corrections investigative services and inmate education. They have grown from being an inmate telephone company to a leading provider of criminal justice technologies. They have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
I can’t help but think that if more inmates were provided with the opportunity to visually communicate with their families on a regular basis, we would undoubtedly see positive results from those interactions.