Securus Technologies has undertaken a campaign to raise public awareness of its innovative video visitation technology. This vertical has proven tremendously popular among inmates and their families, with growth nearly doubling each of the last five years. Today Securus’ video visitation installations are present in 168 institutions servicing over 1.2 million inmates. They are also recognized for their vital role in reducing intramural disciplinary problems and in promoting inmate compliance.
Inmates love it, officers rely on it
Corrections officers know that the biggest risks institutions face to their orderly operation besides organized gangs are inmates who believe they have nothing to lose. And bar none, the most dangerous time throughout a correction officer’s shift is when he is charged with moving an inmate throughout the facility. Video visitations help to weed out both these problems before they have a chance to grow into a crisis.
Video visitation can be set up so that an inmate can meet with their loved ones within a secure common area or even inside the inmate’s own cell. This minimizes the time that inmates must be moved throughout the facility. Moving inmates throughout a prison can be especially dangerous when the routine is broken, as when they must be moved to a visitation room on the other side of the prison or an area where they normally do not go.
Inmates meeting with visitors may be coerced into carrying contraband. Gang members being led through a portion of the prison claimed by another gang, even if led by guards, can spark violent conflict in seconds. High risk inmates will often use opportunities when they are lightly restrained outside of their cells to attack guards, sometimes fatally.
All these problems are avoided by video visitation either in-cell, or within a secure area to which the inmate has immediate access.