One of the most serious threats to the nation’s penal institutions is ongoing criminal activity taking place within the institution’s walls. Much of this crime is perpetrated by criminals who feel they have nothing to lose. Facing long stretches of incarceration, many criminals develop a deep sense of ennui and lose hope that they will someday be able to reintegrate successfully into society. Much of this is driven by the fact that they have no one to socialize with but other criminals, leading to a form of deep habituation to the criminal environment that is known by penologists as institutionalization.
But there are ways to combat this pernicious descent into the criminal lifestyle behind bars. One way is through the use of modern technology. Securus Technologies has developed a video visitation platform that allows criminals incarcerated in the nation’s prisons to stay in nearly constant contact with their loved ones on the outside. This ability to maintain socialization with law abiding citizens contributes greatly to the ability of prisoners to maintain a sense of hope and to do their time in a way consistent with institutional rules.
On top of this, the ability of prisoners to stay in contact with their loved ones on a daily basis provides an enormous incentive for those prisoners to stay on their best behavior. The prospect of losing the ability to stay in touch with children, wives and other loved ones is great enough that it can hold major sway over the choices that prisoners make while behind bars.
The combined effects of maintaining strong socialization with law-abiding citizens on the outside and the great privilege of being able to stay in contact with loved ones is a powerful means of maintaining order throughout the nation’s prison. That is why facilities with Securus video visitation have lower rates of rules infractions than other institutions.