Angola prison is one of the most famous in the United States. As Louisiana’s main level-four prison, it houses of some of the state’s worst offenders. But not everybody in Angola prison is slated to stay there for the rest of their lives. Many of the prisoners will eventually be reintegrated into society, being given a second chance at living law abiding life.
One of the most important aspects in preparing those prisoners for a successful release back into the public is enabling them to learn how to re-socialize according to law-abiding norms. One of the ways in which the state of Louisiana is helping prisoners to do just that is through the use of video visitation technology provided by Securus Technologies. Rolled out over the last decade, video visitation technology allows prisoners to stay in nearly constant contact with their loved ones. The system uses a high-fidelity video feed that allows for an experience very close to that of an in-person visitation.
On top of this, Securus has been able to keep rates for the system down to an incredibly low $0.15 per minute. This has resulted in the ability of inmates and their family members to stay in touch like never before. Many inmates are able to call their family members for multiple hours every day, staying in touch with law abiding citizens on the outside of the prison. This allows for these inmates to maintain strong social ties with pro-social citizens, preventing inmates from becoming institutionalized and completely socialized to the prison milieu, which often include some of the worst offenders in the state.
Through its ability to keep the rates low, Securus has been able to significantly increase the number of outgoing phone calls that are made from the majority of prisons where the system is installed.