One of the most important innovations to hit the U.S. prison system over the last decade has been the advent of Securus’ video visitation system. As one of the leading innovators in U.S. prison technologies, Securus Technologies has been developing its video visitation platform over the last 10 years. The platform is now one of the most well-proven ways to keep inmates in touch with their loved ones and out of trouble within the institutions where they serve their time. In fact, in the majority of institutions where Securus video visitation has been installed, the number of infractions committed by inmates has dramatically dropped, leading many to conclude that the technology is a effective and low-cost form of crime prevention.
But preventing crime on the inside of prison is not the only thing that Securus video visitation does well. The platform has been able to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue each year for the prisons in which Securus operates. On each video visitation call, anywhere from 30 to 90 percent of the money spent on the phone call goes directly back to the institution in which the phone system is housed. These forms of commissions are also applicable to video visitation calls. This means that the institutions where the wildly popular Securus video visitation platform has been rolled out are currently seeing dramatic increases to their general funds, enabling them to hire more guards and run tighter ships, keeping all inmates and guards safer.
But the Securus video visitation system has also been able to save the family members of inmates thousands of dollars per year. With the average outgoing video visitation call costing just $0.15 per minute, the price has been kept low enough that almost all inmates can afford to stay in contact with their loved ones on the outside. This has saved family members, who otherwise would have been forced to go to the prison in person, thousands of dollars each year.