New App To Help Ease the Problems Of Inmate Visitation

According to a recent press release by Securus Technologies (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/inmate-phone-call-provider-securus-technologies-announces-over-65000-downloads-of-new-video-visitation-mobile-app-for-android-and-apple-devices-300220192.html), its new inmate visitation app has reached over 65,000 downloads. The Apple version of the app released just last week is being downloaded almost a thousand times a day while the Android app is being downloaded at the rate of 10,000 per month. Both versions of the apps work with a wide variety of platforms including mobile phone, tablet, laptops, and desktop computing devices. Download the Google Play app here.

The purpose of these apps is to make it easier for friends and family to stay in touch with their incarcerated loved ones. Research has long shown a correlation between reduced recidivism (the relapse into criminal behavior) and strong family or friend social networks. By allowing inmates the opportunity to participate via video in important family functions like birthdays, weddings, funerals, sporting functions, and other important occasions, the hope is that these bonds will be strengthened.

The use of video visitation also is important to the corrections facilities where it is available. Staffing visitation is costly and subjects corrections officers, inmates, and the visits to increased risks. Some inmates unable to have personal visits for security reasons can now particpate thorugh this method. Additionally, there is a significant burden on visitors who have to travel to often distant jails or prisons, subject themselves to the searches, long wait times, and uncertainty of even seeing their loved ones due to security lockdowns, rule violations or staffing issues.

With the increasing sophistication of mobile computing, the applications for video visits are becoming more accepted by both the corrections community and the inmate populations being served. This method of inmate communication offers more flexibility in terms of when visits can be scheduled. When considering pricing, the video visit option is often less expensive that the fuel, parking, often time lodging and meals expenses associated with travel to the correctional facility.

Securus Technologies is a Dallas, Texas-based company that serves more than 3,400 correctional and law enforcement facilities and 1.2 million inmates. Among its products are emergency response systems, incident management software and hardware, information management, inmate self-service platforms, biometric systems, communications hardware and software, inmate monitoring and investigative tools. The company is closely held and does not release sales figures. Securus employs over 1,300 people and has been granted over 140 patents for its technologies and has another 90 patent applications pending. The company is also proud of the $19 million is reinvest into the communities it serves.

Securus Technologies is not in any way affiliated with the Securus America site nor the Securus product used for health improvement.