Throughout the history of the United States prison system, many family members would see their loved ones convicted only to realize that their travails had just begun. Many family members we’re not aware of the fact that their loved ones would oftentimes be housed hundreds of miles away from their hometown. However, when the sentence is handed down by the judge and the inmate is taken out of the courtroom for the last time to begin their incarceration at a state prison, the family members often learn very quickly exactly what this great distance between their loved ones and their homes means.
The prison system in the state of California provides a good example. An inmate convicted of a violent crime in San Diego is likely to be sentenced to prisons as far-flung as Ironwood, Folsom or San Quentin. Family members, often of meager means, having to drive from San Diego to Folsom would be incurring absolutely huge costs. An 8 to 10-hour drive will often mean that families are unable to visit their loved ones and return the same day. Ultimately, such extended-stay road trips can drive cost for families with children into the thousands of dollars.
In practice, this has often meant that those incarcerated at remote prisons will serve out their entire sentence without even seeing their family members once.
But one company, Securus Technologies, is changing all of that. With its highly innovative video visitation technology, Securus Technologies is enabling families to do virtually the same thing that would have cost them thousands of dollars otherwise for just $0.15 per minute. And by enabling inmates to stay in constant contact with their loved ones, Securus Technologies is making prisons much safer places in which to reside and work.
Ultimately, inmates who maintain positive relationships with loved ones are less prone to violent outbreaks.