Securus Technologies Acquires GovPayNet In New Plan For Expansion

With a view of expanding the current services that they provide, Securus Technologies, a notable name in the field of prison communications, recently entered into an acquisition deal with GovPayNet, a provider of payment options and services. The acquisition will help Securus Technologies better serve their customers through a range of viable payment solutions. Since GovPayNet mainly focuses on providing payment solutions for debit and credit cards, the company will not be able to streamline their payment methods, ensuring smoother transactions.



As a part of the services that they provide, Securus Technologies is regularly involved with the transfer of payments from one end to the other. When a prison is equipped with the technology services that Securus Technologies provides, the family and friends of the inmates are required to make monthly payments for them to be able to avail of this communication technology. This enables the inmates to communicate with people who they want to and allows the ones making the payments to do so in a much easier way.



Because of the kind of services that Securus Technologies provides, he has become an integral part of the judicial system in the country. Hundreds of prisons all over America have opted to go in for the communication services that Securus Technologies provides to be able to serve better the inmates who need to make use of these kinds of services. The company offers a range of voice and video calling services which inmates can use as per the rules and regulations of the prison. In addition, they also provide prisons with monitoring services, that record all of the calls that inmates make to their friends and family. These services ensure that the inmates are not committing any crimes, or conspiring to, and to ensure that they are adhering to all the rules of the prisons.

Securus introduces its state-of-the-art Wireless Containment System

Over the last two decades, one of the most serious problems to emerge in the U.S. prison system has been the proliferation of contraband cellular devices. While items like simple cell phones may appear to be innocuous to those unfamiliar with the dynamics of the prison system, they are anything but.


Illegal cell phones, when they fall into the hands of powerful and well-organized prison gangs, have the potential to effectively nullify the incarceration process. In other words, give the wrong gang leader a simple Tracfone, and you might as well set him free. These devices give the nation’s most dangerous criminals carte blanche to continue wreaking havoc on the prison system and society as a whole through their nefarious criminal enterprises.



Communication is the most dangerous weapon


One of the dynamics that is important to understand about the structure of U.S. prison gangs is that almost all of the largest and most powerful gangs, including the Aryan Brotherhood, Mexican Mafia and Black Guerrilla Family, at any given time, may have more than half of their total membership located outside of the prison system.


These soldiers, who operate beyond the perimeter marked by armed guards and razor wire, are bound by the convict code and their oaths of loyalty to carry out any order issued from gang leadership. Just as within the ranks of the U.S. Army, failure to follow orders on the part of soldiers can be met with severe punishment.


These outside soldiers will, therefore, follow any order issued from their gang’s shot caller, up to and including committing murder. Unfortunately, contraband cell phones provide a reliable and easy means of communication between gang leadership and foot soldiers on the outside of prison. This line of communication has been used thousands of times to carry out major crimes, which seriously undermine the safety of both the public and the prison system as a whole, while making a mockery of the criminal justice system.


There are hundreds of cases of witnesses being effectively intimidated in cases involving members of prison gangs, causing the district attorneys to drop the charges. In some cases, prison staff have even been murdered, simply for carrying out their job.


Now, Securus Technologies, one of the nation’s leading providers of prison security solutions, has developed an apparatus known as the Wireless Containment System. The system enables officers to successfully shut down 100-percent of illegal calls coming from within prison grounds. It also has a feature that allows for the detection of all cellular devices within the prison, so long as they remain turned on.


Where it has been deployed, the system has had a success rate of nearly 100-percent in eliminating illegal cell phones.


Securus Technologies Leaving Its Competition Behind with Great Service

Securus Technologies has been around for a long time, and over the years, the company has evolved from being a small company to one of the giants. Being in the prison communication business is not easy as it requires constant improvement of products and services. Its executives have to be on the toes to ensure that their clients are getting the best service. But, the company has taken on the challenges of this competitive industry and have come out has a real winner. Having experienced their service first-hand, I know how the company takes care of their clients and ensures that they are happy with the service.


I am a law enforcement officer with over a decade’s experience and have used many different kinds of security and investigative technologies in the past. However, I can say it with confidence that the investigative services and solutions offered by Securus Technologies is by far the best I have come across so far. It is because the investigative technology provided by Securus Technologies is innovative and intuitive, which has the potential to save lives and get the evidence needed to put the criminals in prison.


Securus Technologies recently published a press release where it posted parts of the letters written by the law enforcement officers like myself to the company. The press release showcases the love and appreciation Securus Technologies has been getting from all the parties involved in the correctional industry due to his high-end crime prevention technology. As per the company, the crime prevention and criminal justice technology offered by Securus Technologies has played a vital role in reducing inmate-on-inmate crime as well as crimes in the society. Investigative technology is useful in today’s world to get the evidence needed to track the criminals and convict them in the court of justice, and it is what the services like Investigation PRO and LBS offered by Securus Technologies helps in providing.



Securus Technologies: Safety for Both Inmates and Prison Employees as Well

I’ve noticed that the term ‘For Profit Prison‘ seems to be greeted with a look of disdain yet the same people with this attitude complain even more that nothing is being done to protect them and their families as well as their property from all sorts of criminal acts.


I’ve also noticed they all want something done, but nobody wants to pay for it.


Living in the Dallas area; I am aware of Securus Technologies which is a company that is involved in the business of privatization of the prison system.


Yes, I used the word ‘Business;’ but let’s take a look at the philosophy of Securus Technologies.


Securus Technologies perspective of improving the safety and security incarceration, or the ‘Prison Environment,’ is not just focused on keeping society safe; this is a larger issue which includes the safety and well-being of the inmates and their families and extends to parolees as well.


In a three year period from 2014 to 2016 Securus Technologies spent over $600 million in research and development as well as acquiring patent rights all on new technology to improve the safety of prisons and this includes the prison guards and other prison employees.


One thing that I feel needs to be understood is that some of these prison employees are people like a registered nurse working in the confines of a prison in direct contact with the inmates.


Sounds like a fun job to me.


There is a larger scope of all that it is involved in our prison systems and Securus Technologies perspective of improving the safety and security of those incarcerated is not just focused on keeping society safe; this also includes the safety and well-being of the inmates and their families and extends to parolees as well.


And, as mentioned above, the safety and well-being of the prison employees.


Head To Head Battle Between Two Tech Companies

Securus Technologies dominates in offering technological solutions for both governmental and felon law systems. Some of its services include monitoring, public safety, investigation, and corrections. Recently, it took a huge leap by confronting GTL-Global Tel Link, its primary opponent in the industry, allowing a judge rule out which among the two companies was best under the following criteria;


  • Owner of largest and best product set
  • Most modern telephone calling platform
  • Most capital and expense efficient platform
  • Best customer service


The challenge follows after GTL allegedly claimed to be offering as good services as Securus Tech. Richard A. Smith, Securus Technologies CEO, wants a judge to analyze both parties, and come up with who has better customer service, product sets, and calling platform. The comparison, however, didn’t seem fair as Securus owns investments worth over $700 million and owns technologies, companies and an Advanced Technology Center, whereas GTL has small investments to show.


Other advantages that Securus has over GTL include;

  • Offers many services to the correction facilities
  • Securus boasts of owning a domestic call center
  • Trained technicians work at Securus
  • Securus is author of world’s biggest VOIP calling platform
  • Customer reviews confirm Securus’ customer service, economics, and technological advancement is ahead of GTL’s.


Smith states that if he were GTL, he would reject the tech challenge bake off. He maintains that his company excels in all matters in question and Securus undoubtedly has its words leading its actions.


About Securus Technologies


Securus aims at providing second to none technology solutions including biometric analysis, incident management, inmate self-service, emergency response, and monitoring products. It is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, providing services across North America.


Their priority is making the world a safer place while connecting family and friends to those in correctional facilities, emergency dispatchers to those in need and helping in investigation processes. Securus is currently serving more than 3,400 governmental agencies and 1.2 million inmates.