Securus, Purple Communications plan video relay services to inmates

Securus Technologies has partnered with Purple Communications, Inc. to bring video relay services (VRS) to deaf and hard-of-hearing inmates, the companies said.

Securus has provided Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) services for many years with TTY/TDD devices for deaf and hard-of-hearing inmates and will continue to do so.

Equal access is an important aspect of the ADA. With newer ADA technology like VRS, Securus has partnered with Purple to provide VRS, which includes American Sign Language (ASL) translation services.

VRS allows the automatic bridging of an ASL interpreter to allow deaf and hard-of-hearing inmates to communicate with hearing people who do not have a videophone. As such, VRS use will allow deaf and hard-of-hearing inmates equal access to communicating with attorneys, family and friends that is enjoyed by other inmates.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and serving more than 3,450 public safety, law enforcement and corrections agencies and over 1,200,000 inmates across North America, Securus Technologies is committed to serve and connect by providing emergency response, incident management, public information, investigation, biometric analysis, communication, information management, inmate self-service, and monitoring products and services in order to make our world a safer place to live.