An Overview of Rick Smith’s Leadership at Securus Technologies

The Securus Technologies specializes in correctional services such as the provision of emergency response, public information, inmate self-service, biometric analysis, incident management, product monitoring for companies, management of information, and investigation. These services are geared toward ensuring its over 3500 customer base is safe and orderly. The Securus Technology is the leader in criminal and civil justice technologies. The firm works to help public service agencies and law enforcement institutions such correctional facilities across North America in their security operations. Securus also provide tech-based solutions that help prevent crimes even those planned by people under incarceration. They install high tech devices that monitor calls from the facilities and ensure no illegal devices within the facilities. Visit Bloomberg to know more about Rick.

New Additions in Securus Technologies

Recently, the company hired new executive officers to strengthen their leadership and aid in expand their high-tech based sales team. The newly hired professionals will complement Securus’ increased service and product portfolio. The first professional to be absorbed into the team is John Bell, who ascends to the position of the senior vice president of the sales and marketing department. Having worked in IBM, the cream of high-tech solutions in the world, Mr. John comes with tremendous experience that will steer Securus to the next level. The other addition is Josh Conklin, who will directly report to Mr. Bell as the vice president of the sales and marketing. Another addition is Jon Secrest, who joins New Growth Opportunities Department as the vice chair and executive director. Dan Wigger assumes similar positions as Mr. Secrest in the Department of Managed Access Systems

Rick Smith Experience before Securus Technologies

He began his career in the Frontier Corp where he worked as the Controller,and then Chief Information Officer. He later ascended to the position of the vice president of the Financial Management team and finally the president of the company. In 1998, Mr. Rick Smith moved to Eschelon Telecom Inc., where he started as the financial officer and then got elected to the position of chief operation officer from 1999 to 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he ascended to the role of the chief executive officer and also the president of the firm. Rick Smith has been the director of Eschelon Telecom and Integra Telecom too.

Education Background

Mr. Rick holds a degree in electrical engineering from the State University of New York. He has also earned a master’s in Business Administration and an associate’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in electrical engineering.

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Customers’ Feedback

About customer’s satisfaction of their services, Rick explains that they have received thousands of emails and letters thanking them for their help in combating crime. Smith further comments that the company is committed to building new tech solutions that make the environment safe and encourage social responsibility towards crime and security.

Preventing Crime and Reforming People With Securus Technologies

Securus Technologies has long been the company that has provided a lot of good solutions for people that are incarcerated. They provide a lot of different technologies for people that are in the prisons and jails. Among the different pieces of technologies and uses that Securus offers are communications technologies that allow them to get in touch with their families and friends outside of the prisons. The best part of the technology that is offered is that people are able to actually learn some new skills that could help them get jobs when they get back out into the outside world.


Another good thing about Securus Technologies is crime prevention. This is in fact one of the best approaches to serving justice. While punishing crime is something that people want to do when they are in the force, it is often not enough for the victims. After all, no punishment in the world is going to take back the damages that were done to the victim. Therefore, Securus has worked on a way to deal with crime from a proactive angle. They have developed technologies that help identify the calls of the inmate and who they are contacting when they are on the phone.


Securus Technologies is working very hard to make the world a safer place. Among the ways they are doing this is by giving the inmates something to work towards when they get out of their term. They can take all of the skills that they have learned and either apply it on the search for a new job or work on starting their own business. This is one good thing that is going to help people take care of their lives and become even more productive in their careers. Securus makes it so that jail and prison terms are not going to be the end of their lives.


Even With New Court Ruling, Prison Calls Charges Still Go Down

A judicial stay was issued by the court to prison phone companies, halting the implementation of new and lower rate caps on phone calls made by and to inmates. However, the stay does not halt the limitation of certain ancillary fees in relation to inmate calls; therefore the overall price for prison calling goes down.

This followed after a lawsuit was filed against the Federal Communications Commission by Global Tel Link and Securus Technologies. Both companies stated that the FCC had overstepped its boundaries and that the new limits would not match the ‘site commissions’ that prison phone companies were obligated to pay under contract to correctional facilities.  In response to the new ruling, the FCC states that the court had simply declined to delay critical reforms, amongst which, include the implementation of caps and restrictions on ancillary fees.

Nevertheless, the interim caps which were set by the Federal Communications Commissions in 2013, remain as the commission states, but it only applies to calls which are made across the state lines. The FCC had also very recently voted inmate calling rates that imposed lower rate caps on interstate calls and new rate caps on intrastate calls. With these rate caps, the FCC claims that in extreme cases, a prison phone call might go up to $14 per minute, but the overall charge would go down by half.

Tom Wheeler, the FCC Chairman, and Mignon Clyburn, the commissioner, both say that they were disappointed by the court’s delay, but all the same, it was a move they had anticipated.