Throughout the last 10 years, no single invention has had a greater impact on the way in which prisoners communicate with their loved ones on the outside then the video visitation system developed by industry innovator Securus Technologies, one of the nation’s leading providers of inmate communications services. This system has made such a profound transformation of the daily lives of prisoners that it has quickly been adopted by almost all of the nation’s largest prisons.
First rolled out over 10 years ago, Securus video visitation has become one of the most popular means of communicating between prisoners and their families throughout the country. One of the secrets to the system success has been the ability of Securus to keep the rates as low as possible. Throughout much of the country, prisoners only pay $0.15 per minute to stay in face-to-face contact with their loved ones on an almost unlimited basis. This level of cheap and highly effective communication is utterly unprecedented in the history of the U.S. prison system, which, for the first 200 years of its existence, virtually eliminated the ability of inmates to have any sort of contact with the outside world.
But today, these inmates are able to stay in constant contact with their loved ones, enabling the fostering of meaningful communications between inmates, their spouses and their children. But the inmates themselves are not the only ones who are pleased with the system. Because of the low rates that are paid, on average, across the entire prison system to make outgoing calls on video visitation platforms provided by Securus, family members themselves have raved about the incredible quality and low cost of the system. Never before have family members been able to stay in such high quality contact with their loved ones at such incredibly low prices. For the price of a typical long-distance call in the open market, family members of the incarcerated can stay in touch with their loved ones on the inside of prison nearly as often as they please.