Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of Securus Technologies, Rick Smith, announced in early 2018 that the company has reached a deal to acquire payment processor, GovPayNet. This comes less than two years after Securus acquired JPay, another payment processor. The move will now allow the company to have the capability to process over 4 million payments per year, making it perhaps the largest processor of government debit and credit payments in the United States.
GovPayNet will continue to operate under their name, maintain their main office in Indianapolis, and CEO Mark MacKenzie will remain at the helm. Any other terms of the agreement were not made public. GovPayNet has over 20 years of experience in processing bail, tax, commissary, traffic and criminal fines, and many other payments made to government entities. They have over 2,300 government agencies under contract as of 2017.
Securus Technologies is the premier player in the prison technology sector, with a number of subsidiaries operating under its control. Some of these subsidiaries include Guarded Exchange, Modeling Solutions, Evercom, JLG Technolgies, JPay, and Archonix Systems. The company has been in existence since 1986 and has acquire over 20 companies since they began operation. The headquarters of Securus are located in Dallas, Texas and they have three other locations, employing over 1,000 people, in both Texas and Georgia. The COO and President is Robert “Bob” Pickens, who has lead the company in these negotiations with GovPayNet. They have contracts with over 3,500 corrections facilities in North America and provide services to over 1.2 million inmates. Some services offered include phone and video conferencing, email and education services, biometric analysis, inmate and parolee tracking, and a host of others.
It is somewhat unfortunate that as much as people live in peaceful co-existence in different societies, there are those individuals who break the law. They do this by either wronging a fellow citizen or committing a felony. When this happens, such people are arrested and arraigned in court. When found guilty, they are sent to different correctional facilities to serve different terms. Although other people may not know his, I believe that lawbreakers are human beings, therefore; they are entitled to some rights, and the least that can be done is allow them to speak with their families. Securus Technologies is that inmate communication provider that is making prisons a home far from home for the inmates.
Securus has continuously offered an avenue for inmates and their families to communicate in different correctional facilities. Due to their enhanced technology, they can prevent and at the same time curb crime in prisons. Initially, other prison warders received a gift from the prisoners in return to them sneaking phones and other illegal stuff. Since Securus technologies stepped up their game, very many prisons that seek their services are at peace. Remember that they are the number one communication providers.
Securus is making other avenues like video calling at an affordable price. Asides from communication, Securus helps in simulating other services like access to law libraries, work on visitation schedules, different forms of entertainment and religious texts. Despite how awesome their functions remain to be, the cost continues very affordably. Richard Smith, the CEO of Securus technologies is promising even better provisions.
With the several comments posted by the public and prisons officials, it continuously helps to put Securus on toes in knowing what to improve. For instance, given the company keep tabs on communication that is underway in prisons has helped fish out corrupt prison officials. All in all, Securus technologies does a tremendous job and it ought to be commended. Also, other inmate communication providers can learn a thing or two.
Securus Technologies is the leading provider of correctional technological solutions in business today. Based in Dallas, Texas, Securus Technologies reports that it maintains contracts with over 2,600 correctional institutions in the United States today.
One of the widely utilized Securus Technologies services is its inmate telephone systems. Indeed, at this point in time, the Securus Technologies inmate telephone systems are the most widely utilized in North America.
The Securus Technologies inmate telephone systems provide a vital means of contact between incarcerated men and women and their loved ones in the outside world. Studies reveal that offenders who are able to maintain consistent contact with their loved ones while incarcerated are less likely to reoffend when then are released back into society. The Securus Technologies inmate telephone systems are considered to be important solutions when it comes to lowering the offender recidivism rate in the United States.
The Securus Technologies inmate telephone systems also assist in enhancing the security of correctional institutions. Through the Securus Technologies inmate telephone systems, the telephone calls of incarcerated individuals can be monitored appropriately and as needed.
The head of a correctional institution in the United States reported how a Securus Technologies inmate telephone system foiled a scheme to bring contraband into the facility. In this case, the scheme involved not only an incarcerated individual but a member of the correctional institution’s staff as well.
By monitoring an inmate’s telephone calls, the institution was able to obtain enough preliminary information and evidence to obtain a warrant. With the warrant, the institutional staff was able to confront the suspected staff member. Through this process, additional evidence was obtained. Ultimately, the staff member involved in the illegal scheme was arrested. The staff member now faces criminal prosecution. Moreover, illicit contraband was kept out of the correctional institution thanks in part to the Securus Technologies inmate telephone system.
Over the last decade, leading inmate communications firm Securus Technologies has been rolling out its innovative video visitation system. This system is a quantum leap over in-person visits and has enabled many inmates to stay connected to their families and loved ones who would otherwise have not had the opportunity to do so. As Christmas nears, Securus recognizes the vital importance this new technology plays in connecting inmates with their families during a tough time of year.
No place like home
For many families, the first few holidays during which a loved one is incarcerated can be particularly hard. Younger children have difficulty understanding why their fathers aren’t around and even for the grown-ups, knowing that they’ll someday be reunited can be little comfort during a traditional time of togetherness.
Making matters worse, many families with incarcerated loved ones simply don’t have the funds to come visit them at the prison. Video visitation from Securus solves these problems. The relatively low cost video visitation system allows for inmates to spend virtually unlimited time with family over a high quality video phone connection. Whereas all in-person visits are time-limited, video visitations are subject only to the inmate’s privileges and money on their calling plan. This makes a video call the next best thing to being there in person.
Because of the enormous psychological benefits of inmates being able to participate in the lives of their loved ones over the holidays, Securus has undertaken a campaign throughout all of its institutions to spread the word about the many benefits of video visitations. They’ve put together mailing campaigns to family members and have even done a number of touching, real-life video visitation testimonials such as this one.
Jail is a hard enough place to be. Securus believes in second chances, that most inmates just made a few mistakes and deserve to be treated in a respectful and humane way. There’s no better way to diminish the chances of recidivism than to allow inmates to be an ongoing part of their families lives. Hope will keep them going on the inside and it will keep them from going back once out.
Securus Technologies is a diversified prison services company specializing in inmate communications and prison operations and management solutions. It has an extensive range of high tech products. With over 700 patents, Securus Technologies is the market leader in the U.S. prison services space. For more information please see securustech.net.
The goal is to make you and your incarcerated inmate’s life more interesting and happy using the power of digital communication technology. Sadly, the happiness level of many people who have loved ones in prison is quite low. Securus Technologies’ goal is to change that by helping people connect using video visitation software. With low rates ranging from $5 – $20 a session,Securus Technologies is helping families recover from the shock of having loved ones in the criminal justice system.
Watch your loved one while you talk with them in the comfort of your own home. Video visitation software takes away the frustration of waiting in long lines. The goal is that you and your family would be reunited in an environment without competition from other eager families.
Video visitation is helpful, because it can give you an idea of your loved one’s health. If they seem to be suffering from abuse or neglect, you can report it to the appropriate authorities. Although video visitation may seem expensive compared to some other options, the total cost of an in person visit, including transportation and days off from work, far exceeds a typical phone call courtesy of Securus Technologies. That is why Securus offers this option for desperate families.
Securus Technologies has trained customer care staff that you can talk to if you have questions while doing your video visitation. If there is a disruption in the service, the Securus personal representative will make sure that you know about it. Securus total objective is 100% customer satisfaction with all their products.
Securus Technologies recently partnered with Apple to produce video visitation software for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Now, you can chat with your incarcerated friend or family member while on the go. Flexibility and innovation are Securus Technologies’ absolute goal. Video visitation saves time and worry for its users. That is why Securus Technologies is always glad to hear back from so many happy users of the software. Many prison staff report that the products offered by Securus Technologies greatly reduce workload and help them be more effective with their work.
Securus Technologies is happy to have just added John Bell as Senior Vice President of Sales. The goal is that people would understand how Securus is helping people with all of their innovative product line. Securus Technologies is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and it is proud to serve more than 1,200,000 inmates.
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