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These Yale students built an app that makes it super simple for people to communicate with incarcerated loved ones for free

Posted On: 4 Jul 2020   |   Posted By: Business Insider

These Yale students built an app that makes it super simple for people to communicate with incarcerated loved ones for free

In March, a startup called Ameelio launched an app that helps people communicate with incarcerated loved ones for free.
Usually, phone calls or text messages to incarcerated people can be expensive, and it can be difficult to find the correct address for mailing a letter. Ameelio allows people to locate an address, upload a letter, and send it for free.
Ameelio has over 5,200 users and has sent over 21,000 letters so far.
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It can be expensive and difficult for family members to maintain contact with incarcerated loved one: About one in three families go into debt to pay for phone calls and visits, research shows.
Phone calls in prison are often curtailed and can be costly, and while some facilities allow text messaging, the length of messages can be limited and pricey, too. Family members may want to mail a letter, instead, but struggle to find the correct address.
And now, during the coronavirus pandemic, many prisons have paused visitation.
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