Electronic payment processor, GovPayNet, has announced that the company has been acquired by inmate technology giant Securus Technologies of Dallas, Texas. The move was announced in early January of 2018 and comes just days after Robert “Bob” Pickens took control as CEO and President of Securus. This acquisition, along with the July 2015 deal to acquire JPay, gives Securus the ability to process over 40 million debit and credit transactions annually. GovPayNet, based in Indianapolis, brings over 20 years of experience in the processing of a multitude of government payments and arguably makes Securus the largest payment processor of its kind in the United States. CEO of GovPayNet, Mark MacKenzie, will continue to head the company after the purchase.
The leader in inmate technology, Securus Technologies, was founded by a former county Sheriff back in 1986. The holding company wholly owns over 20 companies that provide a host of technology-based products to over 3,500 corrections facilities and law enforcement agencies in North America. The company operates four regional offices in both Texas and Georgia, including a U.S. based calling center for it inmate telecommunications service and employees over 1,300 people. In 2017, the company became accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Dallas and maintains an A+ rating.