Securus Technologies Supports Interim Rate Caps On Inmate Calling Services And Proposes Sweeping Collaborative Effort To Modernize Correctional Communications
DALLAS, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Securus Technologies announced today that it would support the Federal Communications Commission's new order imposing interim rate caps and other requirements on telephone service for incarcerated individuals, foregoing appeal or opposition in favor of an unprecedented collaborative approach to regulation.
"We believe it is long overdue for our industry to stop fighting with reform-minded regulators and legislators," said Securus CEO Dave Abel. "Instead, we need to adopt a more collaborative approach that balances the needs of the incarcerated individuals and their families who use and pay for our services and the corrections agencies that contract for them."
Mr. Abel said that while the FCC's order is not perfect, it presents an unprecedented opportunity to ensure consistency, simplicity, and transparency in pricing with flexibility to meet the needs of local communities. Moreover, it provides a bridge for the industry to move beyond pure telephone service to a much-needed, smart-tablet platform.
In that context, Securus has called upon regulators, legislators, correctional agencies, justice-involved families, and technology providers to engage in a collaborative effort to make technology more accessible and affordable. The company today announced a series of investments and commitments to support this effort:
In January 2020, Securus announced a multi-year corporate transformation, which has so far reduced the average cost of our calls to less than 15 cents per minute, integrated commission-free and agency-paid options for telephone calls, and renegotiated contracts with over 100 correctional agencies to drastically adjust call rates that previously exceeded national averages.
For more detail, see an open letter from Securus to the FCC at https://bit.ly/3C1y8TB
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