No surprise: Securus refund disaster

by Bernadette Rabuy, February 3, 2015

I woke up today feeling pretty irked. Back when we were working on our report on the video visitation industry in prisons and jails, I tried to do a Securus video visit with an incarcerated person in Texas. Even though the Securus interface said “Status: Ready,” and I could see my face on the computer screen, I waited for 25 minutes for a video visit that never happened.

As a result, a month ago, I requested a refund from Securus. Since it seemed like I did everything right, I was feeling fairly confident that I’d get a refund. I submitted the refund form a month ago and never heard back. Today, I called, and the automated attendant said I’d have a 4 minute wait, but after 20 minutes I gave up.

And then I noticed this: Securus changed the status of my video visit to “Status: You did not log in for your scheduled visit.” I just so happen to have a screen shot of the Securus website from last month when I was waiting for my visit. Do I look logged in to you?

Securus video visit screen shoot

2 Responses

  1. Joanne Jones says, 5 days, 23 hours after publication:

    Securus now owes me for two unacceptable video chats. On each occasion, my loved one and I were disconnected 4 times during the visit. I suggest writing to the CEO – Rick Smith, 14651 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75254. I did that last month and got a personal call back from a representative. Nothing was handled to my satisfaction, but I was able to get my point across – he suggested I call technical support (which, as you know, is useless). If we inundate them with feedback, perhaps something will be done.

  2. Arkansas DOC to implement Securus video visits | Prison Policy Initiative says, 3 months, 3 weeks after publication:

    […] possible or will it follow in Securus’s footsteps in providing a customer service experience so frustrating that families give up on refunds? We will be developing a response strategy so stay […]

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