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Securus Technologies

Securus Technologies is a United States-based prison technology company.[1] It was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas with regional offices located in Carrollton, Texas, Allen, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. The company employs approximately 1,000 people and is reported to have contracts with 2,600 correctional facilities in the United States.[2] Securus announced in July 2016 that it had invested more than $600 million in technologies, patents and acquisitions in three years.[3]

Securus Technologies, Inc.
Private
Industry Corrections, telecommunications
Founded 1986; 32 years ago (1986) (as TZ Holdings Inc.)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Headquarters Carrollton, Texas, U.S.
Key people
Richard “Rick” Smith, Chairman/CEO
Products Pay per call services for American prisons.
Number of employees
1,000 (estimated)
Website securustech.net

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HistoryEdit

Securus Technologies was founded in 1986 in Dallas, Texas.[4] In September 2004, "T-Netix and Evercom—two industry leading corrections market industry companies"—merged.[5] In June 2007, Securus acquired the "international brand leader in Offender Management Systems—Syscon Justice Systems.[5] The company changed its name from TZ Holdings Inc. to Securus Technologies in April 2009.[6] During the 2010s, Securus was one of a number of companies which provided telephone service to inmates in US prisons.[7] Securus was partially acquired by ABRY Partners from Castle Harlan in 2013.[8] The company was the target of a data breach of about 70 million records of phone calls in July 2015.[9] Since its inception, Securus has acquired 20 government services, software-based businesses, technologies, patents and exclusive partner agreements.[10]

ProductsEdit

The company introduced a system to control contraband cell phones. By 2016, Securus' Managed Access Solutions had received approval in more than five Department of Corrections facilities.[11] Securus partnered with Harris Corporation in July 2016 on "Cell Defender" technology.[12] In 2017, the company announced its Wireless Containment Solution, which was developed to prevent contraband cell phones from connecting to mobile networks.[13] As of November 2017, the company reported that the Wireless Containment Solution system has blocked 1.7 million inmate calls from prisons.[14]

ControversyEdit

On May 10, 2018, The New York Times revealed that one of Securus' products can be used to track the location of almost any phone in the US within seconds.[15] Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) has sent letters to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and telecommunications companies demanding answers on the controversial surveillance system.[16]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Markowitz, Eric (8 April 2015). "Video Chats Are Replacing In-Person Jail Visits, While One Tech Company Profits". IBTimes. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Prison communications company Securus will no longer require jails to ban in-person visits". Quartz. May 9, 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "Securus Technologies Announces Direct Investment of +$600 Million in the Last Three Years for New Products and Technologies for Corrections and Law Enforcement". PR Newswire. July 28, 2016. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "Securus Technologies Inc". PrivCo. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  5. ^ a b SECURUS Technologies, Inc's Board of Directors announces Rick Smith as its new CEO June 2008
  6. ^ "Company Overview of Securus Technologies, Inc". Bloomberg. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  7. ^ Connor, Tracy. "'Huge Step': FCC Slashes Costs of Prison Phone Calls". NBCnews.com. NBC. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  8. ^ Dan Primack (April 8, 2013). "Private Equity Deals". Fortune.
  9. ^ "Dallas-Based Prison Phone Company Securus Hit by Massive Hack". Dallas Observer. November 12, 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  10. ^ Kirk Falconer (December 1, 2016). "ABRY Partners' Securus Buys PHD Medical's Telemedicine Assets". PEhub.
  11. ^ "Securus Announces Third DOC Facility to Approve/Accept Its Managed Access Systems (MAS) Technology".
  12. ^ "Harris Picks Securus to Market Device Blocker Tech to US Prisons".
  13. ^ "Securus Technologies Announces the Activation of Additional Wireless Containment Solution Installation".
  14. ^ Willard Shepard (November 6, 2017). "Ex-Corrections Officer Works to Disconnect Inmates' Cell Phones". NBC Miami.
  15. ^ "Service Meant to Monitor Inmates' Calls Could Track You, Too". The New York Times. 2018-05-10. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  16. ^ "Cops Can Find the Location of Any Phone in the Country in Seconds, and a Senator Wants to Know Why". Motherboard. 2018-05-11. Retrieved 2018-05-16.

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