It’s been a tough few weeks for Louisiana and the areas impacted by massive flooding, and for inmates in Louisiana’s correctional facilities this has been a time of grave anxiety. Fortunately, Louisiana’s chief correctional facilities telecom provider, Securus Technologies is offering a solution to help alleviate the concerns of its inmates. For seven days from September 1st to the 7th, all inmates will be allowed to make one completely free phone call a day to their families. Securus Technologies CEO Rick Smith estimates the total worth of the calls to be made at about $300,000, and the company will be donating about $50,000 to the state’s inmate welfare fund. Securus Technologies has built a full-service electronic communication platform to thousands of facilities across the US.
It has advanced billing options for phone calls that allow families to pay for calls received on their own accounts, or send money to an inmate’s account where they can pay for their calls. Inmates can deposit funds or purchase calling cards through Securus kiosks and ConnectUs platforms. The most notable feature about Securus services are that they now include video visitation service in which families can now visit inmates without having to leave the comforts of their own homes. Instead of waiting in long lines for limited visiting time, families can now share special moments without being delayed by travel time or bad weather.
With its instant mail agent, words and phrases are closely scanned to make sure no threats or contraband terms are contained within the contents. Securus has also implemented biometric data readers and predictive analytic technology to notify appropriate personnel when an emergency response is warranted.