Securus Technologies, a company from Dallas that services law enforcement, emergency first respondents and jails around the country has issued a press release stating that they will highlight some of the abuses by fellow inmate communication provider GTL. “Global Tel Link or GTL has done many despicable acts that have swindled taxpayers of millions of dollars” says Richard Smith, who is the CEO of Securus Technologies.
Richard Smith believes that exposing the wrongdoings and fraud of GTL should force them to raise their level of integrity and service. The actions of GTL have tarnished the reputation of the inmate communication industry of which Securus Technologies is a major part of. Securus technologies aims to provide reasonable, transparent and honest service to inmates, families and law enforcement. It also at the same time believes that security should be at the top of the priority.
The first of a set of press releases by Securus Technologies shows the fraud committed by Global Tel Link in the Louisiana prison system. There GTL has been found guilty of adding anywhere from 15 seconds to 36 seconds to each inmate call that was going outside. The Louisiana Public Commission report also found that GTL would add on additional fees and charges to the bills of inmates or their families. Calls were also rated on the highest possible rate in violation of tariffs and agreements with state, prison and local officials.
Such behavior shows just how low GTL is willing to stoop to try to suck out as much as profits as it can from the taxpayer and unsuspecting families and inmates. The report in Louisiana estimates that such actions cost the state more than $1,200,000 in additional expenses that were paid through taxpayer funds.