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All our users can send free letters 💌

Send free letters & photos to your incarcerated loved ones.

We are a non-profit technology company committed to transforming prison communications. We service all correctional and immigrant detention facilities in the United States. 

Modern telecommunications are becoming cheaper and more versatile by the day, yet incarcerated people and their families continue to pay extortionate prices for prison phone calls and e-messages. A mere 15 minute phone call can cost up to $25. A single text costs $0.50. One in three families with a loved one in prison are forced into debt by the cost of maintaining contact.

It is this inequity that motivates our work. We believe it should be free for incarcerated people to stay in touch with their loved ones. And we’ve received moving testimonials from lawyers, national organizations, and users who feel the same.

This week alone, we sent over 2000 letters. Our community expands by nearly 100 users each day. We’re so excited to be connecting more families with their loved ones, but we need your support to keep growing. Please join our fight against the commercialization of incarceration by donating today. All proceeds will be used to cover the cost of printing and mailing our users’ letters, and all contributions are appreciated, however small. Just $8 will fund a month of free letters for one family!

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How Does It Work?

1. Add Your Loved One as a Contact

Choose from your Contacts or add a new contact using our locator tool, which helps you find your loved one’s inmate ID. We serve all prisons, jails, and detention facilities in the United States.

2. Write a Message & Attach a Photo

Using any device, type your message and/or attach a color photo. All letters are free of charge, regardless of length or content.

3. Send & Track the Mailed Letter

Once you’re ready, we’ll print and physically mail the letter. On your account, you can easily track your letters all the way to the facility.

Voices from the Ameelio Community…

At this time Ameelio has enabled families like mine who have limited resources due to the on going pandemic. Having an opportunity to write free of charge, to send and pic is awesome. This is such an awesome new way to stay in touch with a loved one at zero cost.

Carolyn Vargas

New York

It is a blessing to loved ones to be able to communicate with our family especially during these times. I’m grateful for finding Ameelio. I especially like the fact that we can send a picture with our letter. My boyfriend loves when I write him and always wants pictures. So this is perfect for us.

Trish Cooper

California

My name is Carol. I am totally blind. Before hearing about you and your organization. I was only able to talk with my son and nephew on the phone, and mail cards. This has allowed me to be able to write to them every day. I’m so excited. I have shared it with at least six others. I know that the others would make fun of my writing, and calls my son and nephew problems that they do not need. Thanks again.

Carol Brown

Tennessee

My fiancee is in the shu so we can only communicate through letters. It kills me to know he is there alone. That’s why I am so happy that I got to know your amazing organization to send him letters when i can’t go out right now because of the virus ❤️.  I love the site and it’s so easy to use! And when there are any problems, they are quickly fixed 🥰

Ellie Gilje

Missouri

This is the most amazing blessing I could have received . It costs so much money for phone calls and I have to sacrifice one or more basic needs to pay . It’s really hard for me to write letters because of pain and numbness in my hands . Thank you from the bottom of my heart for caring enough to actually make a difference . May God bless each and every person that has created Ameelio in very special ways every day.

Shari Copeland

Oklahoma

They love letters way better. 💖 It gives them something to read and hold close to them, and re-read if they need to be reminded of loved ones on the outside who are rooting for them daily. That’s what my boyfriend says anyway. He said he likes getting letters because he knows I touched them and it makes him feel closer somehow. I was just speaking to my loved one on the phone yesterday about it. He says they are like little treasures, and they mean the world to him. 💖

Nikki Ragan

Ohio

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Uzoma Orchingwa

Uzoma Orchingwa

Co-Founder

Yale Law School

Gabriel Saruhashi

Gabriel Saruhashi

Co-Founder

Yale University

Jesse Horne

Jesse Horne

Senior Software Engineer

Emma Gray

Emma Gray

Head of Partnerships & Outreach

Yale University

Jenny Lee

Jenny Lee

Growth Manager

Yale University

Anthony Perez

Anthony Perez

Software Engineer

Stanford University

Lara Schull

Lara Schull

Software Engineer

Yale University

Nikhil Dharmaraj

Nikhil Dharmaraj

Software Engineer

Harvard University

Ixa Gani

Ixa Gani

Software Engineer

MIT

Kiran Chokshi

Kiran Chokshi

Finance Manager

Yale University

Jacob Kovacs

Jacob Kovacs

Legal Researcher

Harvard Law School

Meher Hans

Meher Hans

Graphic Designer

Yale University

Kevin Zhang

Kevin Zhang

Product Designer

Yale University

Alara Değirmenci

Alara Değirmenci

Designer

Yale University

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