By: Edovo Mar 28, 2019
In-person visitation is an essential part of the rehabilitative journey for millions of incarcerated individuals. Not only does it allow them to connect directly and intimately with their loved ones, but it has significant impacts on the likelihood of success post-release. Research has shown that in-person visitation significantly reduces recidivism, with some studies citing a 25% reduction in the likelihood of re-offense. So why are so many correctional agencies shifting to eliminate in-person visitation in favor of video visitation?
By: Edovo Feb 04, 2019
With secure text messaging, incarcerated individuals can send affordable and convenient messages to their friends and families.
Texting surpasses all other communication methods for its simplicity, its efficiency, and of course the limitless images and emojis we’ve come to know and love. Over 80% of Americans use text messaging to contact their friends and family, and now a unique group of Americans are able to finally participate: the incarcerated. Through tablet technology and secure messaging applications, incarcerated now have access to affordable and convenient means for keeping those behind bars in constant communication with support groups on the outside.
By: Edovo Jan 08, 2019
Highlighting costs of legal fees, bail bonds, and loss of income that affect friends and family
By: Edovo Dec 19, 2018
Impact of Holiday Communication on Incarcerated Populations
The holiday season is a time to share how much we care for one another. It’s also a time when many families join together to celebrate and share in long standing traditions. Some families stay at home while others travel across oceans to visit distant family members. But no matter the distance, the holidays are meant to be a time to promote companionship and strengthen communities.
By: Edovo Oct 01, 2018
Edovo was recently declared a top five finalist for the Samsung NEXT innovation challenge grand prize. The winner will be determined by public voting, which is now live. Voting ends Mon, 10/29 at 11:59 PM ET and individuals can vote for Edovo each day during that time.
By: Edovo Jul 19, 2018
Exporting message history into a spreadsheet via a CSV file can help you track conversations, ensure safe exchanges and gain a better understanding of how the learners in your facility are communicating with their loved ones.
This blog will explain what a CSV file is, how to work with them, and how to export Messenger history straight from Insight into a simple and portable file format.
By: Edovo Aug 15, 2017
Edovo Selected as a Finalist in 18th Annual ITA CityLIGHTS Awards
The ITA CityLIGHTS Awards program honors companies and individuals whose innovation and success drive growth in the technology industry and Illinois
CHICAGO, IL – AUGUST 14 2017:
Edovo has been selected as a finalist for Illinois Technology Association’s 2017 ITA CityLIGHTS Industry Disrupter Award. Edovo was named the winner of the 2017 Global EdTech Startup Awards against 1,000 competing companies, winner of the 2015 Miller Lite Tap the Future Grand Prize, and has been awarded numerous grants, partnerships and recognition for continued innovation in the educational and correctional technology sphere.
By: Edovo Jan 09, 2017
In an effort to keep innovating in our space, Edovo is branching out from traditional classroom learning options. We aim to be a platform for users to explore their interests and dig deeper into themselves. This winter we joined forces with Kalina Silverman, founder of BIG TALK, to take a leap in that direction.
By: Edovo Jan 01, 2017
For nearly four years Edovo has been at the forefront of correctional education, helping to provide increased educational opportunities to incarcerated individuals across the country. Our focus on curating and delivering over 10,000 hours of evidence based programming has resulted in dramatic improvements to inmate behavior and re-entry preparation for partner facilities nationwide.
By: Edovo Nov 03, 2016
This week, we are excited to launch new reading technology from BeeLine Reader. BeeLine is used as a learning aid for low-literate students, and as a speed-reading tool for skilled readers.
By: Edovo Oct 27, 2016
Every year, tens of thousands of Americans depend on the GED and other high school equivalency (HSE) credentials to advance their academic and professional goals. However, most adult education programs lack the option for Spanish speakers to prepare in their native language. Only 5% of all GED tests are taken in Spanish but population statistics would suggest the percentage would be much higher. According to the US Department of Labor, 28% of US Hispanics do not have a high school degree. This is a higher percentage than any other US ethnicity.
By: Edovo Sep 30, 2016
This week is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. Today, major disparities in adult education tear deep into the American fabric, but go largely unrecognized across the country. An estimated 36 million American adults struggle with basic literacy. This week, we spread awareness about adult literacy and celebrate efforts to bridge the learning gap.
By: Edovo Jul 25, 2016
Edovo's CEO and Founder, Brian Hill, opens our latest video by highlighting the societal burden of mass incarceration:
"12 million Americans cycle through our jails each year. We spend $74 billion trying to solve this problem and more than half are coming back after they're released."
By: Edovo Jul 14, 2016
Lack of education is a leading cause of recidivism in the United States today. Recidivism is costly and preventable. A growing body of research demonstrates the correlation between educational and vocational training in correctional settings and successful reentry post-incarceration.
By: Edovo Jul 08, 2016
As an organization with roots in criminal justice, Edovo is deeply saddened by this week's events. We stand with all those affected by this violence and our hearts go out to the victims and their families.
By: Edovo Jul 07, 2016
Edovo has been selected to join Project Literacy Lab, the world's first accelerator dedicated to closing the global literacy gap by 2030. Today, an estimated 757 million people are not able to read this sentence because they remain illiterate. As part of the global campaign, Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has teamed up with an innovative family of companies out of Colorado known as the Unreasonable Group to launch Project Literacy Lab.
By: Edovo Jun 08, 2016
Listen to our users explain how Edovo is transforming correctional facilities by equipping incarcerated people with education they can use inside jail or prison, and when released.
By: Edovo May 04, 2016
May 1-7, 2016 is National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. Our team is so inspired by the work we see happening at facilities across the country every day. Officers and employees' efforts to provide valuable services and prepare individuals for a successful release are essential and so appreciated.
By: Edovo Apr 29, 2016
Edovo is grateful to partner with so many dedicated administrators and facilities that see incarceration as an opportunity for rehabilitation. Allegheny County Jail, located in Pittsburgh, PA and one of our longest-running sites, is working tirelessly to ensure that the population they service is able to be successful in reentry.
By: Edovo Apr 28, 2016
The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department has partnered with Edovo to provide tablet education to their population. Here's how Sgt. Brian Amos and Edovo user Steve have interacted with the program:
By: Edovo Mar 29, 2016
Recently, we have been visiting Edovo facilities across the country to talk with administrators, officers, and incarcerated users about their experiences.
By: Edovo Mar 16, 2016
Randy Kearse, a reentry specialist, author, and motivational speaker, has partnered with Edovo to create courses for our incarcerated users. Randy spent 15 years in federal prison, and has used that experience to inform the public about the challenges that those returning face, and to inspire others returning from incarceration.
By: Edovo Jan 19, 2016
An Edovo user in Sacramento Main County Jail
Edovo's new tablet deployment in Sacramento County Main Jail was recently profiled in the Sacramento Bee. Currently in a pilot stage with plans to expand, the 40-tablet program has already made a palpable impact on the facility, correctional staff, and Edovo users.
By: Edovo Dec 22, 2015
As 2015 comes to an end, Edovo is reflecting on the past year's accomplishments. In the past twelve months, Edovo:
Became a "technology company changing the world," and one of the 50 most innovative companies in Chicago.
Engaged 80% of users in educational programming on a weekly basis at our largest facility. This demonstrates the enormous interest incarcerated learners have in high-quality educational resources.
By: Edovo Oct 14, 2015
Edovo's impact was recently evaluated by the Global Impact Investing Rating System, receiving the highest possible rating of Platinum. The transparent, verified rating methodology recognizes business models that are designed to solve social problems.
By: Edovo Sep 21, 2015
This weekend, Edovo won the Grand Prize at the Miller Lite Tap the Future Competition! Edovo was selected from thirty semifinalists, and went home with $200,000. Tap the Future seeks to fund passionate businesses with ambitious goals.
At Edovo, expanded access to education for incarcerated individuals is our passion. We are excited by the impact this prize will have on our work, and the broader movement to reduce recidivism.
By: Edovo Aug 24, 2015
Governor Robert Bentley, right, and state Banking Commissioner John Harrison work on a digital tablet with Edovo Director of Business Development Anna DeLuna (Photo Credit: AL Governor’s Office, Jamie Martin)
Last week, Edovo was part of the launch of the new E-Learning center at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Alabama. The center, operated by Ingram State Technical College, will use the Edovo curriculum and tablets to bring more educational access and course offerings to inmates.
By: Edovo Aug 13, 2015
Classrooms across the country are using innovative technology to create and support their curriculums with enormous success. At Edovo, we think tablets and online courses can be even more valuable for incarcerated individuals, who currently have limited access to education and are at different individual learning levels.
By: Edovo Aug 11, 2015
At Edovo, we’re excited about the Dept. of Education’s recent proposal to give incarcerated learners funding for college coursework through Pell Grants. The stats are clear: access to education reduces recidivism and cuts cost for institutions. Our founder Brian Hill wrote last week about the recent proposal, and the positive impact Pell Grants could have on both inmates and facilities.
By: Edovo Aug 07, 2015
Welcome to the Edovo blog. At Edovo, our mission is to unlock the potential of people affected by incarceration. On this blog, we’ll support that mission by sharing education technology thought starters, stories from facilities using Edovo tablets around the country, and best practices in correctional technology. This will be a space to advance conversation and innovation around the country on education in correctional facilities.