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.
There’s a vast array of ways Securus Technologies has proven to be an effective form of communications that is opening up roads for law enforcement officials to uncover crimes. Unfortunately, many crime incidents that occur behind “closed doors” of correctional facilities get overlooked. This is quite a common scenario as we are actually unaware of the certain types of crimes that occur in correctional facilities, some of which include, but are not limited to, are: transferring of drugs, abuse, and acts interconnected with criminal organizations. By communicating through the Securus Technologies platform, an individual who is not incarcerated but would like to keep in touch with someone who is can do so with the program of Securus Technologies.
Although traditional methods of keeping in touch with incarcerated individuals has normally been conducted through the utilization of a visitation schedule, it is important to note that there is now a new way of visiting that does not require the visitor(s) to travel to the jail to be physically present so that they can chat with the inmate. Instead, in this particular case, they can utilize the Securus Technologies platform to keep in touch with the inmate by chatting through a videoconferencing method.
Many people are aware that videoconferencing has made connecting with others from all around the world from the comfort of one’s very own home possible. However, what many are unaware of is being able to utilize the technology within the premises of one’s home to communicate with those who are incarcerated in correctional facilities. This is a program that has been designed to allow such forms of communications to occur safely and without issues of scheduling conflicts due to jails being too busy in which appointments that the visitors wanted were unable to be made at that particular point in time.