In a recent article that was published online by PRN Newswire, an accredited new source, it was announced to the prisoners and families of prisoners of many of the jails in the affected flooded areas that they would be able to make and receive phone calls for a limited time up until September 7th. This came as quite a shock and a great deal of relief to many families that do not have any extra funds available at their disposal (especially at times like these) to be able to make those expensive calls. According to that article by PRN Newswire, Securus is estimating that in the week that they allow for the free calls to be made, there will likely be in excess of 250,000 free calls between the prisoners and their families.
Securus truly understands that being able to communicate with families and lawyers in a time like this without having to worry as much about the expense, is going to have a very dramatic impact on both the prisoners and their families. The Chief Executive Officer of the company issued the following statement in regards to the company’s take on the situation: “Connecting inmates with family is a critical service that is core to what we do – and this is even more important in times of tragedy like the recent flooding in Louisiana. The flooding in Louisiana is so significant and severe that we need to take extraordinary measures to help make sure that communications are maintained so that we can help reduce anxiety and stress of inmates and their loved ones,” said Richard A. “Rick” Smith, CEO of Securus Technologies. “The value of the calls that Securus will be connecting for free is approximately $300,000. In addition, Securus is making a cash contribution of $50,000 to the inmate welfare fund at Louisiana Department of Corrections in order to further assist inmates there.”
If you would like to read the article in its entirety and learn more about the Dallas, Texas based company Securus Technologies, you can do so by visiting the following link: Securus Announces Free Calls to Those Incarcerated in the Louisiana State Prison System Due to Recent Floods