Securus Technologies is the premier leader in prison and inmate technology-based services. On January 4, 2018, the company announced that they have agreed to acquire GovPayNet. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, per company policy. Mark MacKenzie, the CEO of GovPayNet, said of the deal, “We are looking forward to expanding our capabilities under Securus Technologies“. He will stay on as Chief Executive Officer of the Indianapolis-based government payment processor.
GovPayNet is a leading credit and debit payment processor with contracts in 35 states, covering over 26% of counties in the U.S., with over 2,300 agencies. They provide processing for a multitude of payments made to those agencies to include cash bail, traffic fines, criminal fines, property tax, and court fees, among others. Together, with this acquisition and the July of 2015 acquisition of fellow processor JPay, Securus now has the capability to process over 40 million payments per year.
Securus Technologies is a prison and inmate technology holding company headquartered in the Dallas, Texas area with three other offices in Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. The company was founded in 1986 and has over 20 different subsidiaries providing a wide range of technology-based services to over 1.2 million inmates, and 3,500 correction facilities in North America. These services include, but are not limited to, inmate self-service, video and phone conferencing, video monitoring and surveillance, commissary accounts, biometric analysis, inmate and parolee tracking, and .
The CEO and President of Securus, Robert “Bob” Pickens said about the deal, in part, “We are very excited to be adding GovPayNet to our portfolio of products.” Some of Securus’ subsidiaries include CellBlox, JPay, Telerus, Direct Hit Systems, JLG ICER Technologies, and Evercom. They employee over 1,000 employees in their four regional offices and, prior to 1999, the company was known as TZ Holdings, Incorporated.