Securus Technologies announced in early January that the holding company has added electronic payment processor, GovPayNet, to its suite of subsidiaries. This marks the company’s latest acquisition, bringing the number of subsidiaries in excess of 20. The addition of GovPayNet, along with the July 2015 acquisition of JPay, will allow the company to electronically process over 40 million credit and debit payments. These payment can include cash bail, traffic and criminal fines, tax payments, and more. The CEO of GovPayNet is Mark MacKenzie, who will stay on in his current role. The company is based in Indianapolis, Indiana and has been in business since 1997, with current contracts with over 2,300 government agencies in 35 states. Their coverage area exceeds over 26% of counties in the United States.
Securus Technologies is one of the leading inmate technology companies in the world, providing services to over 3,500 corrections facilities and law enforcement agencies in the United States and Mexico. With headquarters in Dallas, the company operates in four other offices in both Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. In operation since 1986, Securus operates with over 20 subsidiaries including Telerus, CellBlox, Guarded Exchange, Evercom, and Modeling Solutions, among others. Together, these companies provide payment processing, crime detection, call processing, inmate tracking, and a host of other services. Over 1.2 million inmates use Securus Technology phone and video services. They are headed by CEO and President, Robert “Bob” Pickens.