Securus is a technology company that was founded in Atlanta, Georgia. Sine their founding, they have become one of biggest competitors in the prison calling service sector. They are the biggest competition for rival Global Tel-Link, but that is a story to be told shortly.
Securus makes it easier for inmates to keep in touch with their families and friends outside the prison. This is considered a crucial step in keeping repeat offenses from happening. Once an inmate is released from prison, if they feel like they belong with someone other than criminals, they’re less likely to return to crime.
All that said, Securus Technologies and Global Tel-Link have been in a bit of a competition for the last year or so for customers. They’re some of the only companies looking to tap into the prison system for a profit, so there isn’t a lot of competition there to begin with. However, customers are overwhelmingly preferring Securus to Global Tel-Link. Data shows that for every $1 spent at Global Tel-Link by customers, $4 are being spent by customers at Securus.
So, to add insult to injury, Securus has challenged Global Tel-Link to a “technology bake off”. The former company has challenged that they have the better equipment, so why shouldn’t they go toe to toe, if both are as good as they claim? The competition would pit their technologies against each other, and would be judged by an independent third party. So far, Global Tel-Link has not responded to the challenge, and seems unlikely to do so without further prodding.