The inmates communication space is a challenging one in which to operate. Companies feel the squeeze between the conflicting pressures of providing the institutions where they operate the maximum amount of commissions and providing inmates with the lowest possible rates, so that they can stay in touch with her family members.
While many states make this difficult to do, due to extremely high commissions taken from the penal institutions where the communications firms do business, in many states an equilibrium has hashed its way out of the prison communications framework. One company, Securus Technologies, has proven that it is completely possible to deliver strong value to all sides of the prison communication equation.
One example of this is its operations in the state of Louisiana. There, Securus provides commissions ranging from $0.34 on the dollar to $0.87 on the dollar in kickbacks to the institutions where it does business. It may seem that this is a large amount of money. But Securus has been able to keep inmates calling rates extremely low, even given the high amount of money that it kicks back to the prisons throughout the state.
From the inmates’ perspective, in the state of Louisiana, making an outgoing telephone call at a carceral facility where Securus is the communications provider will often cost just 15 cents per minute. This is how much it costs prisoners at Angola, the state’s largest maximum-security prison. The rates are exemplary of those paid throughout the state. At such low rates, it is fully possible for inmates to stay in nearly constant communication with their loved ones and family members, throughout the duration of their sentence.
Through examples such as these, Securus is proving that it is possible to satisfy all sides of the prison calling business, for both inmates and the administrators of the prisons where they are housed.