Improved recidivism rates through Technology

Richard “Rick” Smith is the Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies, a company based in Dallas, Texas, that provides a wide range of services for inmates, corrections, law enforcement, and public safety agencies in North America. The company is at the forefront when it comes to providing criminal and civil justice solutions through specialized technology in a bid to improve the lives of ex-offenders, inmates, and respectively, their families. The company provides the corrections community with technology and services for incident management, emergency response, communications, monitoring, biometric analysis, public information, investigation, and inmate self-service. The company continues to invest significant resources in assisting with further advancements and solutions.

Rick Smith holds an associate’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the State University of New York, Buffalo and a master’s in engineering from the State University of New York. He also earned his MBA at the University of Rochester.

Securus Technologies has successfully brought about several improvements to inmates’ technological and educational well being. It has secured a partnership that provides job searches for inmates with JobView and with other leading technology providers for customized educational experiences for offenders. It has also launched a technology driven education platform (Lantern), and invested in Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) to continually reduce recidivism rates..

Securus has most recently announced the appointment of a Director of Recidivism and Reentry working to partner with the industry in finding ways to help inmates who have completed their sentences to find productive and meaningful ways thus reducing the tendency of convicted criminals to offend. This will also reduce the cost of incarceration as research has shown that inmates who received an education while in prison were 43% less likely to become re-offenders.

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Over the last 3 years, the Prison Entrepreneurship has reduced recidivism down to 7% for its graduates, or an 86% reduction versus national averages. 100% of their graduates manage to secure jobs within 90 days of their release from prison and there are almost 300 businesses that have been started by these graduates. The reduced recidivism results are one of the main reasons why Securus Technologies continually supports the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP).

Ms. Dawn Freeman, the appointed Director of Recidivism and Reentry, will work hard to ensure that Secure provides fully all the capabilities and benefits of JobView, PEP to improve the utility and lives of inmates. Ultimately, the benefits should have a ripple effect on society at large as well. The Director will join forces with local, state and federal agencies to bring about more changes through increased solutions of recidivism reduction. Several inmates and their friends and family members have largely benefited from this change and Securus Technologies continues its commitment to serve and provide services for the civil and criminal justice technology to continually make society and the world as a whole a better and safer place to live. Read more on Crunchbase.com.

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