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.