For inmates doing time in the United States prison system, nothing is more important than being able to stay in touch with family members. The ability of inmates to stay in almost constant contact with their family provides a powerful incentive for good behavior and a sense of hope that, when they are finally released, they will have something to go home to.
Many studies have shown that regular social contract with prosocial, law-abiding citizens is the best way for inmates to avoid the pitfalls of institutionalization. This latter outcome occurs when inmates become so habituated to the prison environment that they simply cannot function outside of its structure. It readily occurs to inmates whose only social contact is with convicted felons, who are oftentimes severely antisocial individuals pursuing a life of crime.
Securus Technologies, the nation’s leading inmate communications provider, has rolled out a system of virtual video visitation that allows inmates to say in regular contact with their family members and other loved ones. This system provides a high-quality, face-to-face video feed that is available to inmates and their families, for a very low cost. Most inmates that are using the Securus system pay approximately $0.15 per minute . This compares very favorably to the best phone rates available throughout the U.S. prison system.
But the video visitation system is not just a great convenience to the inmates themselves. It is also a wonderful tool for the inmates’ families, allowing wives, children and parents to stay in touch with their incarcerated loved ones. In fact, the role of this technology plays in the lives of children cannot be overstated. Children from disadvantaged families that would not otherwise have the opportunity to have a father in their lives can now have him there, due to the benefits of Securus video visitation.