When other people are out enjoying the holidays, the prisoners in facilities are not. They are incarcerated, and they feel alone and desperate. When this happens, there may be upheavals in the facility, so there are now Christmas video visits for them to use in order to feel that they are more a part of the holiday season.
With the Christmas video visits, they are able to see, and hear their loved ones having their holiday. This is nice for them, because they can watch them eating their meal, and opening their presents. They are able to feel that they are there with them. The company that created the video visits is Securus Technologies. They want the public to know about the benefits of the video visits, and they are putting out a number of commercials in order to do so.
The company is a leader in the public safety industry. They create technology that protects the people, and they are known and respected all over the globe. The government contracts them to help, and they deal with justice by assisting in both the civil and criminal sectors of it. When they complete a mission, they are able to induce the safety of the public in a better fashion. Every week, they are busy developing even newer and better forms of technology. They deal with a million prisoners every year on a regular basis. Their company employs dedicated professionals that complete their missions on a regular basis. Since they are able to do remarkable things for others, they are always in high demand across the country. The world takes note when this company completes its missions, and they will continue to be the leader in their industry.
Securus Technologies is based in Dallas, Texas, and provides technology solutions for civil and criminal justice and public safety systems in the area. Recently, Securus Technologies announced that it would be releasing a series of articles highlighting ethical wrongs committed by Global Tel Link (a.k.a. “GTL”), a telecommunications company in the industry that has long been a provider of telephone service to prison inmates. Securus hopes to shame GTL into adopting higher standards and more ethical business practices, and I have to say that it is about time.
The first article released by Securus highlights a 1998 report from the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC), in which the LPSC finds that GTL was guilty of fraudulently altering telephone clocks to add extra seconds to calls, charging higher rates than the law permitted, and double-billing for calls, among other things. Securus acknowledges that these transgressions were committed 18 years ago, but makes the salient point that the Enron and Bernie Madoff scandals are also dated, and the passage of time has done nothing to reduce the seriousness of those matters. Today, no one would do business with Enron or Madoff.
That experience has allowed me to realize that inmates cannot be lumped into a category, labeled, and then left behind. Many inmates are good people who have made bad decisions. The families and friends who visit them and call them are their lifeline, and for a company defraud one of society’s most vulnerable populations by taking advantage of that lifeline is inexcusable. I am glad that Securus is taking steps to shine the light on GTL’s business practices. If you’d like more information on Securus Technologies, you can find it here and here.
Securus Video Visitation – Everyday from Securus Technologies on Vimeo.