Colorado

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Maintaining family contact is a huge benefit to people behind the walls. It should not be a fanciful goal. I don't view it as an extra privilege for a few. Of course people want to know what's happening behind the walls. I want there to be ease of communication and to make it as cost-efficient as possible.

Dean Williams, Executive Director, DOC

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Facilities

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Family
Family Communication Suite
Education
Education & Vocational Training Platform
Providers
Providers-Reentry Communication Suite

Family Communication Suite

In 2021, Colorado deployed Ameelio’s entire communication suite throughout its facilities, including video calling, and electronic messaging. Loved ones are now able to communicate with any incarcerated person in Colorado completely free of charge. Our system enables correctional staff to easily manage visitation requests, monitor calls, access recordings, and more. Ameelio’s platform not only democratizes access to free communication, but it saves departments an abundance of labor costs.

Education & Vocational Training Platform

Colorado is leading the way in revolutionizing correctional education and vocational training. By deploying Ameelio’s virtual education and job training platform it’s enabling its incarcerated population to access post-secondary education, vocational training, certifications, CBT, and much more.

Providers-Reentry Communication Suite

Communication between the incarcerated and outside providers—such as reentry groups, parole and probation officers, pastors, and clinicians—is hampered by the limited functionality of existing services. To transform the status quo, Iowa has begun using Ameelio's communication suite for providers. With this service, providers of all kinds can reach incarcerated people prior to their release and deliver critical support and programming.

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Ameelio provided the Iowa Department of Corrections with a secure platform that was easy for our incarcerated individuals, families, and our staff to use. Their training and support while deploying the system to all nine facilities were instrumental to the success. The feedback we continuously get from families, Incarcerated Individuals, and staff proves that Ameelio was the right choice!

Jason Holder

Technology Manager, Iowa DOC

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I love this app and when I was in Loudon Co jail, I told all my fellow inmates about it. It truly makes a huge difference in your day behind bars when you get mail and it boosts your confidence knowing the world may keep on spinning without you but that there is at least someone that notices your absence and misses you.

Devon J.

Incarcerated person

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Ameelio's video calling platform is so easy to use — it's going to save us COs an abundance of time, make our work more efficient, and get our prison population reconnected with their families at no cost.

Mike Gass

Iowa Correctional Officer

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Other states we partner with...

Colorado

Colorado currently uses GTL for all communication services for the incarcerated persons. The contract is expiring in 2021. Colorado takes commission from the current inmate communication service providers.

Current cost:

Video calls: Flat rates dependent on length of the call. $4 per 10 minutes; $10 for 25 minutes.

Phone calls: $1.20 per 15 minutes.

E-messaging: $0.49 per message, regardless of whether senders include photo or video attachment.

A deep dive -- comparing the state of communications in state prisons and major metropolitan jails.

State

Iowa (Ameelio)

New Jersey (Securus)

California (GTL)

Missouri (Securus, JPay)

Phone Call

Iowa (Ameelio)

$0.00

New Jersey (Securus)

$0.66

California (GTL)

$0.375

Missouri (Securus, JPay)

$0.75

Video Call

Iowa (Ameelio)

$0.00

New Jersey (Securus)

$9.95/30m

California (GTL)

$3.00

Missouri (Securus, JPay)

$7.95/30m

E-Message

Iowa (Ameelio)

$0.00

New Jersey (Securus)

$0.35

California (GTL)

$0.05

Missouri (Securus, JPay)

$0.5

Counties

Bexar

Dallas

Harris

Travis

Sub 1

Bexar

$0.00

Dallas

$0.00

Harris

$0.00

Travis

$0.00

Sub 2

Iowa (Ameelio)

$0.00

New Jersey (Securus)

$9.95/30m

California (GTL)

$3.00

Missouri (Securus, JPay)

$7.95/30m

Sub 3

Iowa (Ameelio)

$0.00

New Jersey (Securus)

$0.35

California (GTL)

$0.05

Missouri (Securus, JPay)

$0.5

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Petition

Communication is a vital lifeline for the more than 27 million Americans with an incarcerated loved one and the 2.3 million Americans behind bars. For nearly 30 years, Americans and their families have been exploited by the $3B for-profit prison telecom industry, which charges as much as $25 per 15-minute call. Join Ameelio to urge the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to adopt Connect and to enable families to stay in contact at no cost.

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