Since Securus began to implement its video visitation technology over a decade ago, there have been a few misconceptions about the nature of its design. These misconceptions have been held by inmates but they have also seeped their way into the minds of prisoner’s rights groups and other assorted watchdogs. One of the main misconceptions is that Securus is providing nothing more than a knockoff version of Skype. Therefore, the calls should be free for inmates or so cheap that anyone can spend unlimited time on the system.
The problems with these lines of reasoning are too numerous to completely expose. But the first issue can be immediately addressed. Far from a Skype imitation, Securus video visitation is a full-featured, secure communications platform that relies of technology developed for use in war zones. This is an incredibly capable technology that allows prisons to operate in a safer, more efficient way than ever before.
Stopping criminal activity at the source
One of the largest problems U.S. prisons face is the threat of ongoing organized crime within their walls. Almost all major prisons in the U.S. are infested with gangs. Many of these gangs are extremely powerful and are not limited to intramural activity. Some of them, such as the Mexican Mafia and Black Guerilla Family, direct extensive criminal networks on the outside. These groups pose a serious threat not just to the facilities themselves, but to society as a whole.
Securus offers products such as real-time, automated monitoring that allow any unauthorized party to be identified within milliseconds on any of its phone systems. Officers are then prompted and can listen-in to the call. Securus also has the capability to listen for key words. This can aid in active investigations as well as preventing new crimes from taking place.
The holidays should be about bringing people together. That is exactly what a telecommunications company known as Securus Technologies is doing for our prison population. They have recently unveiled a video visitation technology that is changing the game in the criminal justice system. The video visitation technology allows prisoners to virtually visit with their friends and family on the outside of the prison. Essentially, the prisoner can go where ever an electronic device can go. This is great news for the holiday season.
The United States incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than any other country on earth. Yes, this includes China. China has over 1 billion people, three times more than the United States, and China incarcerates less of its population than the US. This means a large portion of our population is torn apart during the holiday season due to our criminal justice system. I am grateful that Securus is doing its part to bring people together.
And before you go moaning about how we should be tough on crime, know that Securus helps law enforcement with its technology. In fact, the company unveiled software not too long ago that allows law enforcement to search all recorded telecommunications. Securus records all video chats and phone calls. All a law enforcement officer needs is a recording of a particular person’s voice. The software picks up on that person’s vocal signature then searches the entire digital database for that voice. Prisoners are unwittingly giving law enforcement another tool in fighting crime when they use this technology.
This video visitation technology disconnecting hundreds of thousands of people a month. In average of 160,000 visits occur per month which adds up to over 2 million visits per year. And that number is only growing. Securus is connecting people while helping to fight crime.
Securus Technologies is a leading provider of technological solutions for criminal and civil justice in correctional facilities. Securus’ solutions help in the investigation, monitoring and corrections of inmates to enhance public safety. On 28th September 2016, Securus Technologies announced that eleven of its field technicians had been awarded a prestigious BICSI certification. BICSI is an internationally recognized professional association that supports the growth of ICT professional across the world.
Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI) supports thousands of ICT specialists across the world through training, accreditation, educational seminars, and publications. ICT professionals holding BICSI certification are responsible for installing, implementing, monitoring, and maintaining various ICT projects. These projects include optical fiber, copper-based and wireless-based distribution systems, infrastructure, spaces, and pathways. The eleven Securus Technologies’ field technicians have over 15 years of experience providing data, electronic safety & security, digital technology, and project management services across nations.
Danny de Hoyos, Securus Technologies’ CEO, noted that the partnership with BICSI is a natural fit for the company because BICSI holds a proven track record in training and helping ICT professionals extend their career networks. He added that BICSI certification brings an added layer of expertise that will assist Securus Technologies to provide custom-tailored services to meet specific clients’ needs in the ever-evolving IT marketplace.
Better Business Bureau (BBB) certification
In May 2016, Danny de Hoyos announced that Securus Technologies had received Better Business Bureau as well as an A+ rating. Over the years, Securus has maintained its verbal and print conversations record with Better Business Bureau. Furthermore, the firm has built an excellent reputation as transparent and trustworthy among other ICT firms. Headquartered in Texas, Securus Technologies was founded in 1986. Currently, it has over 1,000 employees and about 2,600 contracts with the U.S correction facilities.