Securus Technologies, the industry leader in inmate communication services, recently had a tussle with declining foe GTL. The row started when, two years ago, GTL fell into an obsession with showering Securus in vile slander. Its bellicosity only increased with each unanswered jab, culminating in absurd allegations of patent infringement on intellectual property that wasn’t even its to claim. Finally, the serene giant Securus, who had ignored GTL as a buffalo ignores a fly, was roused to action by a particularly vicious sputtering of tasteless trash talk and other violations of decorum so gross that, were they said by real persons, would have resulted in permanent exile from polite society.
Thus, Securus issued a challenge, a duel between equals where technology would be shown down face-to-face. Securus offered to pit its video visitation software against the GTL counterpart. Sensing imminent defeat, GTL caved, cut and ran. The embarrassing display of GTL’s rotted fortitude was as typical as it was cringe-worthy.
Securus video visitation has many benefits
Video visitation has been nothing short of a divine gift for those inmates who would have been unable to contact their loved ones in previous eras. Up until the mid-2000s, the only way an inmate could see his family face-to-face was through in-person visitations. These often resulted in such expense that families ended up never coming to see their incarcerated kin. In this way, many inmates ended up serving out their time without having any interaction whatever with those who previously gave their lives meaning on the outside. Such inmates were ripe for so-called institutionalization, or an acclimation to prison life so profound that the prisoner loses his desire to ever leave. While a highly contentious issue among experts, this sort of psychological dynamic is often cited as a key driver of recidivism.