There’s this pretty cool company out there called Securus. They call themselves a technologies company, saying that they offer services to prisons, prisoners and the law enforcement people that serve them. But it seems pretty evident that they are focusing on one specific part of their business — video chats.
Now I’m not really sure how it works on the inside of a prison, but in the movies it always shows prisoners lining up to use payphones. I don’t think that’s the way it works anymore according to this video that I saw. The video shows a variety of prisoners communicating with their families and loved ones on the outside of the prison through a video chat. The video plays like a commercial, complete with upbeat music and slogans that beam across the screen.
So I looked into it a little bit to get a better grasp on what was going on. Apparently all you gotta do is go to their website and you can set up an account to start talking to people prisons that Securus serves. It all looks pretty easy. You go in there with your account and you request a time to have a video chat with the person on the inside of the prison. I think the prison has to confirm it but it all seems pretty streamlined and easy.
I’m just blown away by the massive amount of applications for this. I’m one of those guys that doesn’t think that we should be treating prisoners like dirt. I think we should be allowing them to use Securus technologies more. They get to communicate with the people they love and of course that makes them feel good, but then they have to turn away from that screening go back to prison. I think that’s punishment enough and probably feels terrible.
I’m just thinking about all the dads that are missing everything that their kid is going through. The video shows a man helping his daughter with homework and I think that’s an incredibly important thing to do as a parent. Video chats can also bring guys in prison right to their families living rooms for birthday parties and other special events, like weddings. I think knowing that your family is doing well on the outside of the prison isn’t exactly too much to ask. I commend Securus technologies for being brave enough to help these prisoners.