Rick Smith has been working with Securus Technologies with a position there as the CEO since 2008. His leadership has been a welcome asset to the company as they continue to provide telephone service to inmates at correctional facilities across the nation. The company has also invested in a myriad of patents and technologies over the previous few years which allows them to provide prisons with the ability to control contraband cellphones by preventing them from connecting to mobile networks. With 2,600 correctional facilities having contracts with the company it is positioned as one of the leaders in the field.
As CEO Rick Smith’s efforts to continue to connect those serving time with their family and friends through the telephone systems helps to meet a moral obligation that society has to treat even those incarcerated with fairness and justice. There are a number of studies which report that recidivism, or the tendency of a convicted criminal to commit further offenses, is reduced significantly when they can have contact with the outside world, and as such it is important that Securus be able to continue to provide inmates with their services. Read more articles at Fox34.com
Another key aspect in this sometimes controversial service is the ability for law enforcement to be able to have access to the investigative and public safety tools that helps reduce the amount of criminal behavior that is able to be transmitted and coordinated through the phone systems. In an interview with International Business Times, Rick Smith acknowledged exactly that fact and expressed his view that he likes the feeling of being able to prevent a myriad of such offenses and by doing so protect people whose lives might otherwise be in danger. He says that thousands of people’s lives are saved each year due to their proprietary technologies, and that it is “better than being a doctor.”
Rick Smith Securus continues to provide the necessary commissions to law enforcement agencies which can sometimes create high costs for phone calls into the prisons, but it is all a matter of safety first, and that means that some necessary expenditures have to be made. The company also has high-tech terminals which offer video calls to those incarcerated who are not able to see their family in person. It meets a great need where people may be doing time in areas far away from their hometown or residence but still get the chance to see the faces of those they love at least occasionally. It is sometimes a tough business, but at the end of the day the company is able to assist with the prevention of everything from suicides to outside hits or drug embezzlement. The bad guys are never going to like the conditions, but at least the technology serves a worthy cause.