Iowa

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We really wanted to find a platform that would create that extra layer of security. We’ve had video visits from 44 states and 12 different countries. Incarcerated people have something to look forward to with these video visits. I can even see it helping with disciplinary issues internally and potentially shifting our culture. I think it gives people hope.

Beth Skinner, Director, DOC

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Users served

Facilities

9

$100,000+

Cost savings / month

Family
Family Communication Suite
Legal Comms
Legal Communications
Providers
Providers-Reentry Communication Suite
Tablet
Tablet
Education
Education & Vocational Training Platform
In-Person Scheduling
In-Person Visitation Scheduling

Family Communication Suite

In 2021, Iowa replaced Google Meets with Ameelio’s video communication platform. Iowa has now expanded to using Ameelio’s entire communication suite, including: electronic messaging, and voice calls. Loved ones can now communicate with any incarcerated person in Iowa completely free of charge, saving them millions annually. ‍ 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 also saves departments an abundance of labor costs.

Legal Communications

In 2022, Iowa began using Ameelio’s legal communication platform to enable their incarcerated population to safely communicate with their attorneys. Unlike our competitors our platform is built to protect attorney-client privilege, and enable document sharing. work collaboration, and more. Iowa attorneys have championed this innovation.

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.

Tablet

While Ameelio’s software can work on any hardware, including existing DOC-owned computers and tablets, we also provide DOCs the option to purchase Ameelio’s proprietary ruggedized tablets. Iowa has deployed Ameelio tablets inside its prisons, enabling their population to easily make calls, send e-messages, learn, access entertainment and much more.

Education & Vocational Training Platform

In 2021, Iowa replaced Google Meets with Ameelio’s video communication platform. Iowa has now expanded to using Ameelio’s entire communication suite, including: electronic messaging, voice calls.

In-Person Visitation Scheduling

In 2021, Iowa approached Ameelio to build an in-person visitation scheduling feature into our communication suite. Before launching the feature, visitation scheduling was inefficient and very time consuming for both correctional staff and families. Now, staff are able to manage all visitation both virtual and in-person in one easy-to-use.

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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...

Iowa

Iowa currently uses Ameelio for all communication services for the incarcerated persons.

All video calls, phone calls and e-messaging services in Iowa are currently free!

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

State

Iowa (Ameelio)

California (GTL)

New Jersey (Securus)

Missouri (Securus, JPay)

Phone Call

Iowa (Ameelio)

$0.00

California (GTL)

$0.375

New Jersey (Securus)

$0.66

Missouri (Securus, JPay)

$0.75

Video Call

Iowa (Ameelio)

$0.00

California (GTL)

$3.00

New Jersey (Securus)

$9.95/30m

Missouri (Securus, JPay)

$7.95/30m

E-Message

Iowa (Ameelio)

$0.00

California (GTL)

$0.05

New Jersey (Securus)

$0.35

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

California (GTL)

$3.00

New Jersey (Securus)

$9.95/30m

Missouri (Securus, JPay)

$7.95/30m

Sub 3

Iowa (Ameelio)

$0.00

California (GTL)

$0.05

New Jersey (Securus)

$0.35

Missouri (Securus, JPay)

$0.5

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