Securus is a wonderful company that has managed to become one of the most successful producers of video visitation software. This is the company that people look to when they want to move away from the physical visitation to the convenience of virtual visitation. I prefer this because it gives people the convenience to get their visits in without actually leaving their homes.
Prisons are already understaffed. This is no secret. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to have a lot of people tied up for something like visitations. With the shortage of correctional officers, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to spend time trying to pull officers away from their duties in order to do things like check people in for visitation. That is why Securus has been able to sell this type of communication platform to a large number of correctional facilities. All prisons do not have this type of video visitation just yet, but I definitely think that it is only a matter of time.
I have heard that there is a spike in the number of people that want to visit with family members during the holidays. There are so many people that are trying to make sure that they their loved ones are not depressed during the holiday season. I know that I would be quite depressed to be imprisoned during Christmas so video visitations are cheering a lot of people up. According to PR Newswire there are more than 8 million minutes logged with Securus phone calls on Christmas Day alone. That is a staggering amount of people that want to talk to their loved ones during this time.
The video visitation is great because no one wants to spend time visiting prisons on Christmas. More people are going to want to spend their time at home with their families. It is great for families to have the chance to see and hear from family members that are locked away. More than a million inmates are using Securus each year and the holidays can be the time where they benefit from it the most. So many children that may want to connect with parents that are locked up. They may not have any other way to see them.