When it comes to convicts, most people don’t think twice. They immediately want to throw the book at them, lock them up and throw away the key. While that might the prevailing sentiment across the country, it’s actually counterproductive.
Study after study shows that when we treat our convicts as human beings by giving them healthcare, education and ample communication access to the outside world, they are less likely to continue their life of crime when released from prison. And what is the purpose of our criminal justice system? To me, it should be rehabilitation so that the inmate can reenter the world to start a new life free of crime. That’s the kind of policy that keeps us all safer.
As an advocate for prisoner rights, I have had a lot of exposure to prison telecommunications companies. There are bad ones like Global Tel Link that abuse their position of power in order to turn a profit to the tune of $500 million per year. The exorbitant rates that this company charges our vulnerable inmate population makes it all but impossible for them to communicate effectively with their friends and families. Now, this might be tough on crime, but it drives up recidivism rates. It’s the exact opposite of what we should be doing.
That is why I must applaud Securus. Securus is a criminal justice telecommunications company that does not only provide effective telecommunications but also innovative products that help law enforcement.
Securus makes it easy for prisoners to communicate effectively with the people important in their lives. Rates are reasonable, their service is incredibly easy to use and they run the best customer service call center in the industry. They also provide convenient video chat technology that really does a great job of connecting them to the outside world so they are less likely to continue a life of crime.