Securus Technologies has recently made several acquisitions. Most recently, they’ve acquired GovPayNet. This company processes payments for many different types of governmental agencies. Court fees, probation payments, tickets, restitution fees and much more are included in this contract. The company was started over 20 years ago and is used all around the country. Somewhat similar to GovPayNet is JPay, which Securus Technologies also recently acquired. Securus is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and provides many different services to correctional facilities and other agencies as well. Specializing in telecommunications, the company keeps correctional facilities running smoothly.
These companies being consolidated helps streamline the process for many different purposes. Inmates benefit from getting to pay less to communicate with friends and family members. The facilities also benefit from the increased technology available. Systems such as wireless containment and monitoring services have been ramped up to keep the correctional facilities safer. It also helps to curtail unethical activity from institution employees, as they know they are being monitored as well.
Another topic more recently brought to light is the monitoring of inmate and employee communications. The enhancements made during recent years have led facilities to solve more issues, investigations, and have helped to obtain more evidence, when necessary. The telecommunications aspect is incredibly important in any facility, as many inner crimes, and even links to outside crimes could’ve benefited from this technology.
The companies have also been able to enhance other services due to the streamlined process. Now inmates are able to call, and even video chats with much more affordable pricing. Educational courses are available on tablets that inmates can purchase. This leads to reduced rates of recidivism according to Securus Technologies. As the world is constantly evolving, as is technology, it’ll be very interesting to see what Securus Technologies, and their partners will be able to help with next.