One of the major concerns within the criminal justice system in the United States is the matter of offender recidivism. The stark reality is that a conservable percentage of incarcerated individuals will end up reoffending, oftentimes within three years of returning to the community.
Professionals involved in corrections are constantly trying to find solutions to the problem of offender recidivism. Securus Technologies understands the problem and has taken an active role in developing technological solutions that have the potential for lowering the recidivism rate in the United States.
One unique and powerful solution developed by Securus Technologies is Video Visitation. Video Visitation advances traditional correctional institution visitation programs. Through Video Visitation, inmates and loved ones have more opportunities to have meaningful visits.
Research consistently reveals that key strategy that lowers the odds of an incarcerated offender committing new crimes when released is the maintenance of meaningful relationships with family and friends while in prison or jail. Securus Technologies Video Visitation ensures that these types of relations are fostered while a person is incarcerated.
A growing number of correctional agencies are coming to appreciate the positive impact Video Visitation can have on recidivism rates. At the present time, 178 correctional agencies in the United States utilize the Securus Technologies Video Visitation system.
Over 232,000 downloads of the Securus Technologies Video Visitation application have occurred thus far. About 160,000 individual visits occur monthly with Video Visitation, which equates to about 2 million annually.
The number of visits via the Securus Technologies technology has been doubling on an annual basis. The CEO of Securus Technologies anticipates that the total number of individual visits using Video Visitation next year will top 4 million visits.
The Video Visitation system is also highly cost effective. Traditional in-person visitation costs about $100 per visit. Video Visitation is only $2.72 per visit.