Traditionally, one of the most dangerous situations that any prison staff member faces is the in-person visitation. This is a time when many prisoners are gathered in one open room with dozens or even hundreds of people who are potentially willing to act as accomplices in carrying out criminal acts, such as passing contraband into the facility or even aiding in a prison break. In-person visitations can be a tense time that present major physical risks to staff, visitors and inmates alike. Even though it is a service that almost all prisons provide for their inmates and the family members of those who are incarcerated there, it has long been the Achilles heel of prison security. For this reason, many prison administrators have welcomed technologies that reduce the number of in-person visitations that the staff has to deal with.
One such technology has been the innovative video visitation system created by Securus Technologies. This allows family members and loved ones to visit with their incarcerated relatives for just $0.15 per minute. At these rates, most inmates are capable of staying in almost daily contact with their families, leading to much stronger relationships between family members during times of incarceration.
Such low rates encourage the prolific use of the video visitation system, in lieu of in-person visitation. This is not only a major benefit for the institution itself, but it also relieves families of the incarcerated of a huge financial burden. Most families who have loved ones locked up in prison are the ones who can least afford the exorbitant cost of taking long road trips to visit their loved ones in faraway cities. Video visitation allows them to not only get to visit with their loved ones face to face for tiny fractions of what real world visitation would cost, they allow families to stay in almost constant touch with their incarcerated loved ones.