Seeing a loved one convicted of a serious crime is one of the most disheartening things that anyone can go through. Unfortunately, many families who have their loved ones convicted and sentenced to long prison sentences have even worse things that await them. Oftentimes, the prisoners end up being housed hours from their hometown, necessitating extremely long drives to visit the prison and making it very difficult for family members to stay in touch with their incarcerated loved ones.
For example, it is common for those who are convicted of crimes around the San Diego and Los Angeles area to ultimately end up incarcerated in San Quentin or Folsom, prisons located hundreds of miles away and five to seven hours of driving. For many low-income families in the Los Angeles or San Diego metro area, this makes it essentially impossible for them to ever visit their loved ones in prison.
Such situations lead to inmates becoming extremely isolated on the inside, resorting to becoming completely immersed in the politics of prison and its criminal milieu. If it persists for long enough, this deep habituation to the criminal social environment leads to what many criminologists refer to as institutionalization. Once a prisoner becomes fully institutionalized, they may have an extremely difficult time ever adjusting to normal life within law-abiding society again.
Through its video visitation technology, Securus Technologies is changing all of this. Video visitation allows for families to stay in almost constant contact with their incarcerated loved ones for reasonable rates. Most video visitation calls throughout the United States on Securus’ system cost approximately $0.15 per minute. At these incredibly low rates, it is possible for almost any inmates to afford to stay in constant touch with their loved ones on the outside, leading to a greater sense of hope and the ability to make it through long periods of incarceration.