Over the last 12 years, Securus Technology has been implementing its video visitation systems at jails and prisons across the nation. These innovative systems have proven themselves in the line of duty and have brought great benefits to the inmates, their families and to the institutions themselves.
However, such disruptive technology has not been without its opponents. Some prison rights advocates have argued that prisoner’s rights are being curtailed, even that their human rights are being violated. This sort of criticism has been heard most vocally in the context of jails that have implemented the system. While almost no one can argue against the immense benefits that video visitation has brought to the country’s prisons, critics of its roll out in jails have cited issues, such as discontinuing traditional visitations, as being a net negative, even given all the demonstrable benefits the system brings.
These arguments are too numerous to refute or even state. The truth is, they don’t have to be refuted. That’s because the largest benefit of video visitation is simply indisputable and trumps all other considerations. Video visitation saves lives.
What few know is that Securus’ video visitation is not some over-glorified version of Skype. It is a highly sophisticated communications platform with built in monitoring, security and analysis capabilities usually only associated with national security agencies. For example, Securus’ monitoring software will automatically detect any unauthorized parties talking on any of the facility’s phones within a couple milliseconds. This helps shut down illicit communications and organized criminal activity. But it goes even deeper. Securus has the capability to monitor call transcripts, automatically compiled in real-time, for any kind of anomaly. Incredibly, these programs can actually detect whether or not inmates are using normal syntax or attempting to use code words. Unusual activity is flagged and an officer can be appointed to listen in on the rest of the call.