Maine

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I think we often overlook the hidden causes of incarceration, and we often blame folks for the worst thing that they’ve done. But when we look at the data, over 50% of folks who were incarcerated had no income up to eight years prior to their incarceration. A year prior, 80% had no income. Poverty is a tremendous driver.

Zo Orchingwa, CEO & Co-founder of Ameelio

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Users served

Facilities

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Cost savings / month

Family
Family Communication Suite
Education
Education & Vocational Training Platform
Providers
Providers-Reentry Communication Suite
Mail
Mailroom & Ameelio Mail App
Tablet
Tablet

Family Communication Suite

In 2022, Maine deployed Ameelio’s entire communication suite throughout its facilities, including video calling, electronic messaging, and voice calls. Loved ones are now able to communicate with any incarcerated person in Maine 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

Maine 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 like reentry groups, parole and probation officers, pastors, clinicians, among others, is hampered by the limited functionality of existing services. To transform the status quo, Maine has begun using Ameelio’s providers communication suite. With this service providers of all kinds are able to support incarcerated populations prior to release in order to deliver critical support and programming. Communication between the incarcerated and outside providers like reentry groups, parole and probation officers, pastors, clinicians, among others, is hampered by the limited functionality of existing services. To transform the status quo, Maine has begun using Ameelio’s providers communication suite. With this service providers of all kinds are able to support incarcerated populations prior to release in order to deliver critical support and programming.

Mailroom & Ameelio Mail App

To solve its contraband issue, Maine began using Ameelio’s letters and postcard app for families, and our digital Mailroom scanning service for their correctional mail staff.

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. Maine will deploy Ameelio tablets inside its prisons, enabling their population to easily make calls, send e-messages, learn, access entertainment and much more.

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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...

Maine

Maine currently uses GTL for video calls and Edovo Connect for e-messaging. Maine is currently piloting withe Ameelio with our communication suite.

Maine's Ameelio pilot provides free services to the incarcerated persons. Outside of the pilot, the current cost are:

Video calls: $3.75 per 15 minutes.

Phone calls: $1.35 per 15 minutes.

E-messaging: Free up to 10 messages per month, $10 for 250 messages, $20 per 600 messages and $50 per 2000 messages.

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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