In the United States prison system, it is estimated that the incarcerated, mostly fathers, have nearly 4 million children that would otherwise be dependent on them if they were on the outside. This huge number of children affected by the mass incarceration of prisoners within the United States prisons is a serious problem for the country as a whole. Many studies have shown that children who do not have a father figure in the home have far worse life outcomes across nearly all metrics than those children that grew up in an intact family.
But one company, Securus Technologies, is doing something to at least partially ameliorate the often terrible consequences that come with families being torn apart by long periods of incarceration. Through its video visitation technology, Securus has taken the lead in ensuring that prisoners in the modern U.S. prison system are able to communicate with their loved ones, especially children, on the outside.
By providing inmates with the ability to make high-quality, face-to-face video calls over their video visitation system, at just $0.15 per minute, on average, Securus is keeping families intact and ensuring that children of the incarcerated across the country can have a meaningful relationship with their fathers. Because of the dire consequences of fatherless households, Securus has estimated that this technology is making real inroads to the material improvement in the lives of millions of children across the country.
But it’s not just the children of incarcerated loved ones who benefit tremendously from the ability to make reasonably priced and high-quality phone calls, which mimic the in-person visitation experience. The family members, including parents and spouses of inmates, are also primary beneficiaries of this highly effective new technology. Overall, Securus is allowing families that otherwise would have been torn apart and unable to communicate the ability to stay in touch.