Securus Technologies raises awareness of crime-fighting potential of video visitation

The most serious threat any penal institution will face to its ongoing functioning is the prisoner who feels that he has nothing left to lose. Prisoners who feel that they have nothing to hope for present an incredible danger and challenging problem to any institution in which they’re housed. Finding ways to give these prisoners more hope and ensure that they will someday be able to successfully reintegrate into society is one of the top priorities for any administration throughout the nation’s prisons.

 

Fortunately, it has come to light in recent years that there are technologies that are indeed capable of giving prisoners more hope and reducing the likelihood that any given inmate will fall into such a deep sense of hopelessness that they will be willing to commit serious crimes while incarcerated. One of these technologies is Securus Technologies’ video visitation.

 

Since the mid-2000s, Securus has developed its video visitation technology from scratch, spending millions of dollars in research and development costs in order to develop a state-of-the-art, industry-leading video visitation product. Today, Securus video visitation has been installed and thousands of prisons throughout the country. However, there are still many more prisons that go without this crucial technology. Securus has started a public relations campaign in order to get out the word that video visitation is actually capable of significantly reducing crime taking place behind institutional walls at the nation’s carceral facilities.

 

Through the ability of inmates to stay in nearly constant touch with their loved ones, including wives and children, video visitation provides an enormous incentive for inmates to remain on their best behavior. It also provides a sense of hope, letting inmates know that they still have those deep bonds with family members that will allow them to function on the outside as soon as they are paroled.

 

Foul-smelling “Corpse Flower” Set to Bloom this Week at Orange Coast College

A rare flower with a uniquely unpleasant fragrance—that is, the stench of corpses—will begin to bloom in and around Orange Coast College this week.

 

The culprit is known as the Amorphophallus titanum plant, which is also called the “corpse flower” by some. The flowers can weight up to 200 pounds at their max. One corpse plant named “Little Dougie” has been at Costa Mesa college since 2006 and stands five feet high, weighing 30 pounds.

 

Orange Coast College will have the plant on display this week at the university’s administration building, located at 2701 Fairview Road, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Once the flower begins to bloom, the school will allow visitors to remain until 10 p.m. in the evening.

 

The flower is said to be extremely beautiful when it blooms—visually beautiful, that is—but, originally from Sumatra in Indonesia, the plant’s powerful stench begins when beetles pollinate and burrow within the plant and transfer pollen from male to female flowers. Because the Amorphophallus titanum plant species is currently endangered, the school pollinates it by hand.

 

The plants literally smell like death, and the intensity is mind-blowing. When indoors in a greenhouse, the stench of the “corpse flower” in bloom can be so strong that windows and fans need to be put on—sometimes the deathly stench is so vicious that the surrounding area is inhabitable by anything that breathes.

 

Plants take around a decade to provide their first bloom and subsequently bloom every three to five years. The first bloom generally comes in the evening, and the blooming process lasts 24-48 hours.

 

Visitors are encouraged to donate $3 to help the colleges’s horticulture program.

 

Orange Coast College is a 164-acre community college founded in 1947 in Costa Mesa, California, about 40 miles south of Los Angeles. It offers more than 135 academic and career programs. It has roughly 25,000 undergraduate students, making it the third largest college in Orange County.

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