Securus Technologies Condemns Immoral Practices by Global Tel Link

Last fall, I was shocked when a bribery scandal surfaced involving the Mississippi Corrections Commissioner and consultants from Global Tel Link (GTL), an inmate telephone system provider. Further investigation revealed, in addition to corruption, Global Tel Link has repeatedly taken advantage of inmates and their families through fraudulent charges. I find it appalling that an organization serving such a vulnerable population would abuse them in this manner.

Securus Technologies Responds

Apparently, I am not alone in my dismay at GTL’s transgressions. Securus Technologies, a major competitor of Global Tel Link, released the first in a series of press releases designed to shame GTL into behaving with honor and integrity in their shared industry. Richard Smith, CEO of Securus Technologies, reacted with outrage and compared the behavior of Global Tel Link with notorious scandals such as Bernie Madoff and Enron. He continued by calling GTL, “a cancer on our industry.”


I find it refreshing to find a corporation that is unwilling to remain quiet regarding corruption, fraud and abuse in its industry. Securus Technologies provides services to over 2,600 correctional facilities throughout the United States, and it has secured a top-tier Better Business Bureau (BBB) A+ rating. This, combined with more than 600 million dollars in investment in technology and products to include video calling for inmates demonstrates that, even in an industry plagued by scandal, Securus Technologies refuses to violate its clients’ trust.

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