A video on YouTube, titled Securus Family Communication During Xmas, portrays a man, an inmate, videoconferencing with his son on Christmas. It starts with a simple conversation, but proceeds to show the son opening presents from his absent father in front of the family Christmas tree. The video brings the family together in a way that hasn’t been seen before. Rather than a cold visitation room, the inmate can be present with his family as they open their gifts, he can interact with his son in a normal setting. The excitement is clearly visible on the mans face.
This technology is made possible by Securus Technologies, a company dealing with video conferencing for prisons. The technology has replaced traditional visitation in many prisons, and has a number of benefits. Prisons are not located near population centers by design, and some families find themselves traveling for hours to visit their loved ones. This is not an issue with modern telecommunications, the family can see their father, son, mother, or daughter from the comfort of home, increasing visits and face time with the family member.
This gives them a taste of the outside, and allows them to see their family in a regular situation, instead of hearing about it and wishing they were there. All of this, and it saves the prison time and money, which can be better spent on programs to better the prisoners.