Credit and debit payment processor, GovPayNet, was acquired recently by inmate/prison technology company, Securus Technologies. The move by Securus further strengthens their marketplace share, as GovPayNet’s provides services to over 2,300 agencies in 35 states, covering over 26% of counties nationwide. CEO Bob Pickens said that the move will allow GovPayNet to remain headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and will continue to operate under the same name. The company was founded in 1997.
Securus Technologies provides as host of technological services to correction facilities, county jails, county clerk offices, and law enforcement agencies all across North America. Prior to the deal, they had contracts with over 3,500 agencies in the United States to provide payment processing, inmate self-services such as phone/email service, biometric analysis, video services, inmate tracking, investigative tools and a host of other services. They have acquired over 20 different companies since being founded in 1986 and are the largest player in the prison technology market place. They are headquartered in Dallas, Texas with three other regional offices, employing over 1,000 people nationwide. They currently serve over 1.2 million inmates in correctional facilities annually. The company’s goal is to provide a safer world for all of us to live in.