Making a Murderer is one of the most successful documentary films of all time. It features a central character, Steve Avery, who is accused of heinous crimes for which he was later found innocent. He spent 18 years in jail for a crime he did not commit.
Soon after his exoneration and release, he is quickly arrested again for a murder. The documentary makes it look as though Steve Avery is completely innocent of the murder that he is charged with. But, in the end, he is found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.
Throughout the documentary film the audience is saturated with telephone recordings of Steve Avery. These recordings are the filmmakers calling Steve in prison. The filmmakers themselves did not record these phone calls as the telephone company that services the prison records all of these telecommunications. The filmmakers simply requested recordings.
Securus Technologies is one of these present telephone companies. This particular company is the best in the business because they record every single telecommunication involved with one of their facilities. These recordings are made for posterity and they also give law enforcement actionable intelligence that they can use to prevent crimes.
Crime is usually not a one-man business. It takes a few people to plan, organize and execute a crime. And it should come as no surprise that many incarcerated individuals still commit crime or plan to commit more crime when released. One of the few ways these are incarcerated individuals can communicate with the outside world is through the Securus phone line.
Law enforcement can intercept and prevent these crimes being planned over the telephone using the recordings supplied by Securus. The telecommunications company also makes it easy for police officers to search all of these recordings with a new software innovation that can pull up any conversation in an instant.
Incarceration for crime hits many hard with the realization of losing personal freedoms. However, it comes as a shock to family and friends whose relationship has been terminated. On the other hand, communication remains as the only solution to maintaining such relationships. The only delimiting factor to such communication is the cost involved. To solve this and more problems, Securus Technologies now offers video visitation that is aimed at improving inmate visitation.
Through web-based visitation program, inmate visitation has been availed to visitors on an everyday basis. The simple requirement to the visitation includes having internet access or simply the “home visitation app.” Considering that these factors are available, the next step involves making a connection with the system. Consequently, the visitor is not limited to the number of visitations only the visitation hours. With Video Visitation – Everyday, an inmate can be updated on what they miss from the outside world. On an individual level, I believe that it provides the chance to reduce the likelihood of repeat crimes. Such reduction would arise from the desire to be part of the updates as well as the feeling of real appreciation.
In addition to the number of visits, everyday video visitation also provides an opportunity to be involved in family life. For example, an incarcerated parent will remotely participate in the daily events that define their children or spouses. Consequently, where there are variations in children visitation in onsite visits, video visitation does not limit such visits. The inmate is offered an opportunity to stay connected and involved that improves on relationships.
Therefore, there are many benefits attributable to video visitation as contrasted with onsite visits. Some of these include increased visitation time that changes from a few days to seven days in a week. There is also the increase in visitation hours that increase from 7 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. Such increase in time and flexibility of the program gives ample time to involve inmates in occasions.
Securus Technologies that is the organization behind these innovations is based in Dallas Texas. Video visitation is not the only product associated with it because it is a technology and communications service provider. Under its leadership, the company continues to experience exponential growth that has seen it retain its relationship with the corrections facilities. Among its other inventions, include investigator Pro 4.0 that has in many ways changed correctional investigations. Though credited with many inventions, the video visitation not only improves visitation but also brings inmates to everyday involvement in their families’ lives.
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