The prison population in America is skyrocketing. Since the “War on Drugs” campaign many inmates are serving time for victimless crimes. The process of rehabilitation continues at a snail’s pace, and the many incarcerated are forced to remain away from society, friends, and most importantly family. This disconnects between friends and family must tear at the heart strings of prisoners. The strain on the families of inmates was most apparent when they were required to travel long distances to visit their loved ones inside inhospitable prison walls and were subjected to dehumanizing full body searches.
But now communications between inmates and the outside have been made better, easier, and cheaper when compared to family members having to travel to facilities far from home. Securus Technologies has developed an audio/video communication system based on advances being made in Internet communications and specifically designed with the needed security and recording processes required by prison facilities. The connections between inmates and family members, especially children, can continue to grow and allow the necessary love that is often lost between the prisoner and family and add further impetus for the inmate’s return to society.
Securus Technologies with headquarters in Dallas, Texas, was founded in 1986, the for-profit company employs more than 1000 workers, and has contracts with more than 2600 facilities in the United States of America and Canada.
There is hope that new technologies like the communications breakthroughs of the past ten years can help those behind bars to maintain the familiar love that must be engendered and transferred to other members of society.