There are hundreds of movies that have scenes where loved ones go to visit inmates in prison. I have seen many scenes where the inmate sits down to pick the phone while their visitors pick up the phone on the other side of the glass. I always thought that this would only work for someone that actually lived in the same area that the inmate was locked up in. People that lived in other cities or states would never really get the chance and talk with someone that was in jail. That is where Securus comes in. This is a company that has made it possible to communicate with prisoners without going to the prison.
That may be one of the best things that could have ever happened with technology. Securus is a leader of innovative video visitation software that allows people to visit with inmates much easier. The at-home video visitation is becoming extremely popular because people can actually use this with their portable devices like tablets and smart phones. I had an aunt that was incarcerated once. She was in a state more than 12 hours away. I loved her dearly, but I never had the money to go that far so see her. It would have been great to have something like Securus when she was behind bars.
The best thing about the visitations at home may be the convenience of not actually having to go to the prison. There certainly is a benefit of being able to see a person in the flesh, but many people cannot tolerate prisons. It can be a scary place to visit. Children of parents that are locked up may be frightened just by the thought of going to a prison. I know that I am not a fan of the long lines and all the waiting just to talk for a short time. I can remember spending more time driving to see an inmate than I actually spent talking to him. That is why I and many others would prefer a system like Securus.
At one time people had to invest in bigger kiosk styled machines in order to get this type of electronic visitation outside of the prison. Today the patented technology Securus developed has made it easier to visit through portable devices. All of these changes have provided a higher level of convenience that cuts down on traveling to prisons.