DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Securus Technologies, a leading provider of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for public safety, investigation, corrections and monitoring announced today a series of significant investments directly and indirectly in inmates/friends/family members, in State/County/Local projects, and in savings for inmates/friends/family members.
Securus Technologies Pushing the Inmate Advocacy Agenda
“I understand that we can’t just focus on what makes corrections and law enforcement better – our focus is also on reducing recidivism and making inmates’ lives better through enhanced communications and education,” stated Richard A. (“Rick”) Smith, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Securus Technologies.
Securus Technologies’ Investments in Inmates/Friends/Family
- Invested +$30 million in purchasing and developing video visitation provider Primonics to create a richer communication environment for inmates and friends/family;
- Reduced calling rates that saved inmates/friends/family members $295 million over the last five (5) years;
- Paid $722 million in commissions to facilities over the last five (5) years, which prisons/jails use for inmate betterment programs and reduces taxes;
- Appointed Director of Recidivism and Reentry on February 24, 2017 to work full-time on keeping inmates out of jail on a permanent basis;
- Commitment to five (5) year funding for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) in order to expand the rehabilitation and reentry support network for inmates and their families;
- Established “The Securus Foundation” on July 13, 2017, a non-profit organization that will focus on comprehensive scalable solutions to provide reductions in recidivism to help those reentering society;
- Deployed an industry-leading 150,000 smart devices including tablets to bring education content, media, and technology to inmates. This represents a direct investment of over $20 million;
- Through smart devices, completed over 36 million emails in 2016, a new form of communications for inmates to keep in touch with loved ones;
- Launched Lantern in 2015, a technology driven education platform for those incarcerated that is the gateway to positive, education-driven outcomes;
- Invested in an exclusive arrangement with Jobview to provide real-time access by inmates to relevant jobs post release. To date, inmates have downloaded/reviewed +7 million jobs.
“The direct benefit to inmates of facility commissions that we pay can be debated. From an inmate perspective, without commissions, rates would be lower but there would likely be fewer inmate betterment programs in all their forms. Assuming the States and Federal Government paid for these inmate programs, society would have to pay for these with additional taxes in some form and society in general does not like higher taxes,” said Smith.
“We have invested directly and indirectly over $1 billion in the last five (5) years in projects, products, tablets, commissions, job programs, education, video communications, and rate reductions that will make the lives of inmates and friends/family better – and those efforts are more than words on paper. Society needs to do a better job for inmates, and we are leading the way on that effort,” said Smith.
“I would challenge anyone – regulators, inmate advocates, anyone – to spend more money and do more good than Securus and our industry has done for inmates and friends/family. Talking about things is easy, taking action and making real investments is what Securus is about,” concluded Smith.
ABOUT SECURUS TECHNOLOGIES
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and serving more than 3,450 public safety, law enforcement and corrections agencies and over 1,200,000 inmates across North America, Securus Technologies is committed to serve and connect by providing emergency response, incident management, public information, investigation, biometric analysis, communication, information management, inmate self-service, and monitoring products and services in order to make our world a safer place to live. Securus Technologies focuses on connecting what matters®. To learn more about our full suite of civil and criminal justice technology solutions, please visit SecurusTechnologies.com.