There seems to be a big political divide when it comes to the criminal justice system. Liberals, who lean left and vote Democrat, tend to think we should be kinder to prisoners. Conservatives, those who lean right and usually vote Republican, think the best way to deal with criminals is to throw the book at them. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, I think we can all agree that the children of inmates should not suffer.
The American Civil Liberties Union estimates that 2.7 million children in this country go to bed at night without a parent because they are in prison. The loss of a parent to prison is equivalent to the loss of a parent to death. We can come together to mitigate the pain felt by the children of prisoners with a video visitation technology from a telecommunications company known as Securus Technologies.
This technological innovation allows a prisoner to visit with his or her child easily, reliably, and affordably. Each video chat costs around $2.72. The service is so reliable that Securus is reporting over 160,000 video visitations per month. That means over 2 million inmates connect with their families per year and the number continues to rise.
Securus allows a young person to bring their parent into their home through this technology. Families can connect on any electronic device with a high-speed Internet connection. A child can take a smart phone into a closet for a private conversation, use a tablet in their bedroom to get help with homework, and a laptop can be set up for the inmate to see their child in a school play.
No matter where you fall on the political spectrum concerning criminals, we should all agree that children should not suffer for the decisions made by their parents.