Inmates that are in prisons in the United States are given access to phones in order to keep them in touch with loved ones on the outside while they are serving their sentences. For those inmates who are looking for better ways to stay connected with family, Securus Technologies is one option to help them stay in touch.
Securus Technologies was originally founded in 1986. There are regional offices throughout the Texas area as well as offices in Atlanta, Georgia. The company hires upwards of a thousand people and currently there are more than 2,000 inmates who are locked up in the United States receiving calls made by using Securus. The business operates within the walls of over 2,200 different correctional facilities in Canada and the United States.
In July of 2016, Securus Technologies made an announcement that it would invest over $600 million dollars within the technology department as well as with various patents and acquisitions that would be made within a 3 year time frame.
Going back to 2004, the business of T-Netix and Evercom who were 2 leading industry market companies in corrections had merged and then in 2007, Securus Technologies had made an acquisition with the leader of the offender management system in order to make Securus the number one system for making calls inside of prison systems.
For those people who were locked up at the time, they were introduced to a system which would help to control and eliminate the use of contraband cell phones while in jail. In order to help make the system better, over 5 different department of corrections facilities were granted approval to use cell defender. In a ploy to help to eliminate contraband cell phones, the wireless containment solution was enacted to help to keep contraband cell phones from being able to connect to a wireless or mobile network within the prison walls.