Securus Technologies’ Chief Executive Officer, Robert “Bob” Pickens announced in early January that the holding company has purchased payment processor, GovPayNet. This is the latest in a long series of acquisitions for Securus, one of the largest providers of technology-based solutions for law enforcement agencies and corrections facilities. This move will further strengthen the company’s stronghold in the payment processing space, giving them the capability to electronically process over 40 million credit and debit payments per year. GovPayNet will remain in its current form with Mark MacKenzie remaining as CEO for the Indianapolis-based company. GovPayNet provides services to over 2,300 agencies across the country, covering 35 states and 26% of counties in the United States.
Securus Technologies owns over 20 wholly owned subsidiaries that provide a multitude of services to government agencies and corrections facilities all over the United States and Mexico. They are the premier provider of inmate self-service to include telecommunication, video, email, and voice messaging. They also provide corrections facilities with accounting of commissary accounts, inmate and parolee tracking, biometric analysis, and many more. The company’s provides services over 3,500 correction facilities with over 1.2 million inmates using their services at any given time.
Since the company was founded in 1986 they have produced over 230 patents for their innovative technology-based solutions. They are headquartered in Dallas, Texas with field office locations in Carrollton and Allen, Texas as well as Atlanta, Georgia. They operate their own call center that is staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. They employ over 1,300 people, including some 150 field service technicians around the country. Some of the company’s subsidiaries it operates under are Telerus, CellBlox, JPay, and Guarded Exchange.