Throughout most of the history of the U.S. justice system, a lengthy sentence to state prison often meant that inmates would not be able to see their family or loved ones for the duration of their stay. While it was usually possible to schedule in-person visitations, the distances that were required to be driven often precluded these, simply costing far too much to make the trip.
In addition to this, prison phone systems were often extremely exorbitant, charging up to $2 per minute to make simple outgoing phone calls. This further restricted the ability of inmates to stay in touch with their family members. Many people do not consider the extreme difficulty that many inmates faced in order to stay in touch with family. A real life example may help to illustrate the problem.
Around the year 2000’s, a young man was convicted of burglary. He lived in San Diego, located and southernmost tip of California. He was sentenced to 10 years in state prison. His family was obviously devastated at the prospect of their son being sent away for such a lengthy stretch. However, they had an even bigger and more unpleasant surprise waiting for them.
Their son was sentenced to do his time in San Quentin prison, a maximum-security facility located on the San Francisco Bay, approximately seven and a half hours driving time from the San Diego metro area. After attempting to make the trip for the first time, the family never attempted to return to San Quentin. For the three days it took them to bring two adults and two teenage children along, the cost totaled more than $1,000. Being a poor family, they simply could not afford such steep costs.
Securus video visitation eliminates this problem, allowing families to stay in touch with their incarcerated loved ones at a low cost, with high-quality service.