There was a brief posting on the social media site MetaFilter recently regarding the impact of the high cost of prison telecommunications services entitled “Don’t Phone Home From America’s Prisons.”
Among the effects of the high cost of prison phone calls is the marked increase in contraband cell phone smuggling across the country.
The comments that followed the post primarily discussed individual experiences with prison phone systems. One comment in particular caught our eye:
“Jail landlines are crowded and not always available, or not always available safely to an inmate.
And then there’s the desire for privacy. Not secrecy, privacy. Would you want to talk about your personal medical stuff, or talk about your mom’s operation, or tell your sweetie how much you miss them….or talk about being queer or trans, or talk about racist violence around you or talk about prison rape…right out there when maybe the person who was threatening you could hear? Or the guards could hear so they could pick on you some more? Maybe withhold your meds?”
This is one of the ways in which our secure prison cell phone solution benefits the incarcerated. While here are many meshDETECT features that benefit the prison administration, such as cell phone call recording and monitoring, the ability to conduct a personal conversation in a private manner is an inmate benefit.
Why should we care if there are benefits of the service for the inmate? Because it has been shown that recidivism is reduced through frequent family contact. The ability to conduct a personal conversation with a modicum of privacy facilitates a higher quality interaction with family and friends.
This benefits society as a whole.