Ask any corrections officer what the most important element of keeping a prison operating safely and efficiently is and they’ll likely tell you that it is making sure that the inmates themselves have a sense of hope. The incentives that are given to inmates and the ways in which their time is occupied throughout the day is crucial to creating a harmonious prison environment.
The provision of positive incentives is key to this goal. Securus Technologies has long believed in the power of technology to create incentives for prisoners that will compel them to adhere to prison rules and do their time in the best way possible, so that they can ensure themselves a quick release back into productive society.
One of the ways in which Securus has accomplished this has been through the creation of its video visitation technology. By creating a means through which inmates can have almost constant communications with their loved ones over high quality, high definition video calling, Securus has created a natural incentive for those inmates to adhere to institutional rules.
This is not mere conjecture. Internal data has shown that prisons where Securus’ video visitation systems have been installed suffer from fewer acts of inmate violence and have generally more compliant inmate populations. The ability to remain in constant contact with loved ones on the outside provides a powerful incentive for inmates, who do not want to do anything that might jeopardize their privilege to place outgoing phone calls.
But it’s not just within the present itself that these benefits are apparent. Many studies have shown that the ability to interact with law-abiding citizens on the outside of prison is a crucial component in any rehabilitation and reintegration protocol. Inmates who are able to maintain positive social relationships with law-abiding citizens have markedly improved outcomes upon release.