Securus Technologies has acquired over 20 subsidiaries in the past decade, so the move they announced in early January should not come as a surprise. The company announced that they have acquired payment processor, GovPayNet, and the terms of the deal were undisclosed. The move creates momentum in the payment processing sector for Securus, who is estimated to now have the capability to process over 40 million payments on an annual basis. The move coincides with the company’s 2015 deal made to buy JPay. Mark MacKenzie is the CEO of GovPayNet and he looks forward to combining forces with JPay to provide a better quality product for their over 2,300 customers. The company was formed in 1997 and has over 20 years of experience working with a number of local governments in 35 states.
Securus Technologies is based in Dallas, Texas and is considered to be the leading provider of inmate technology-base products in North America. They wholly-own over 20 subsidiaries that provide thousands of products to over 3,500 correctional facilities and local law enforcement agencies in the United States and Mexico. They provide biometric analysis, cellular phone blocking technology, inmate self-services, parolee tracking, and more. Founded in 1986, the company has over 1,300 employees in four locations in Texas and Georgia.
As a corrections officer working inside the most violent jail in Arizona, above all other things I have to make certain every individual inside this facility is safe. That goes for the inmates, the officers, the prison staff, and the guests. The reason that the jail has become so dangerous is because drug use has exploded in recent years, and overcrowded conditions only add to the element of danger. To maintain some degree of order in this prison, me and my officers must make use of resources designed to prevent violent episodes from every happening.
Securus Technologies is responsible for implementing new inmate call monitoring systems in thousands of jails all over this country. The company may be based in Dallas with 1,000 employees, but has a call monitoring system in over 2,600 jails all over the country. The company has a single objective, making the world a safer place for everyone to live.
The team at Securus Technologies installed our system and got us all familiar with the LBS software, the key to monitoring the inmates as they spoke on the jail phones. Instead of my team needing to designate officers to that call center, now we could all be on the ground tightening up security while the LBS software did its thing.
It wasn’t long after we got the notification the system was online that we saw immediate results. There was an alert about an inmate talking with gang members about an order to take down a rival gang member just admitted to our jail. We separated the players so nothing took place. We were alerted when one inmate tried to tell his elderly father how to get him medication at the visitor center. We were able to confiscate those drugs before the two of them could meet.