(BLOOMINGTON) – The Monroe County jail is adding an online video chatting as a visitation option.
According to the Associated Press inmates will be able to use tablets to “chat” with people who may not otherwise be able to come to visitation.
The tablets will cost 15 cents a minute to use, compared with 24 cents a minute for phone calls.
Telmate will provide the tablets to the jail at no cost. Telmate will make its profits from charging inmates for the use of the tablets. There will be more than two dozen tablets available at the jail.
DECEMBER 28, 2016 – Boyle County Jailer Barry Harmon was recognized on Tuesday at the Boyle County Fiscal Court meeting as Telmate’s Hero of the Month.
Telmate, is a leading provider of secure corrections and community corrections solutions, awards the Telmate Heroes Award to those who show “exemplary performance in the field of corrections and law enforcement combined with the use of innovative technologies,” a press release said.
DECEMBER 16, 2016 DANVILLE, KY – As part of its Telmate Cares community outreach program, the San Francisco-based corrections company Telmate donated $1,500 to support a dozen volunteers providing relief to Haitians devastated by the effects of Hurricane Matthew.
A week after the Category 4 hurricane storm hammered Haiti in early October, Jailer Barry Harmon of Boyle County Detention Center, Kentucky, began collecting donations for the volunteer effort during the Kentucky Jailers Association (KJA) fall conference. Telmate matched KJA’s $1,500 donation and additional donations were made by local community and church groups. Harmon is a member of Christ Like Agape Ministry (CLAM), a missionary group that’s spent the last three years sponsoring the small village of Port-au-Ceil. Read more
NOVEMBER 8, 2016 FRANKFORT, KY – As part of its Telmate Cares community outreach program, the San Francisco-based corrections company Telmate delivered an undisclosed amount to the Giving for Goins trust account, to support the 12-year-old son of a local law enforcement member who is courageously battling bone cancer.
Telmate representative and former Kentucky law enforcement officer, Chuck Geveden, delivered the donation to Joseph and his family last Saturday, October, 29th, during the Giving for Goins fundraiser. The event was hosted by the Franklin County Jail, where the football-loving boy’s father, Deputy James Goins, works as deputy jailer. Read more
CANTON – OCTOBER 29, 2016 – St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility inmates now have a new way to keep in touch with their family, order commissary and file grievances.
The St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility now has wireless Telmate Tablets for inmates.
“I am truly excited about this technology and the tablet program with Telmate,” said Officer Rodney Votra, Programs Director for St. Lawrence. “It saves us so much footwork that I can’t believe we didn’t have tablets a long time ago.” Read more
OCTOBER 17, 2016 – On October 12th, Telmate representatives, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, and the Baton Rouge Police Department gathered in memory of three local Louisiana officers that fell in the line of duty on July 17, 2016.
SEPTEMBER 2, 2016 – As Hurricane Hermine hit Georgia and Florida earlier this month, in conjunction with the the Douglas and Effingham county jails Telmate, as part of the company’s Telmate Cares program, offered free phone calls and messages to help inmates connect with their friends and family during the crisis.
Between Friday 9/2-Monday 9/5, in Douglas the facility and Telmate gave away about 53,000 free phone minutes and 680 free messages, and in Effingham it was over 8,000 free phone minutes and nearly 2,000 free messages. These numbers prove what we all know–that during an emergency we all need to connect with those we love.
To learn more about how you can help visit: www.volunteerflorida.org/hermine-recovery/
SEPTEMBER 14, 2016 BATON ROUGE, LA – As part of the Telmate Cares program, a team of seven volunteers from inmate communications leader, Telmate, fanned out across south-central Louisiana for one week, to help people devastated by historic floods in storm-ravaged areas along the Gulf Coast last month.
The volunteers’ base of operation deployed its first team on the ground in Lafayette Parish, then focused on surrounding areas including the hard-hit communities of Livingston Parish and Denham Springs. Volunteers had little information to go on regarding the conditions on the ground. Rental cars had to be rented as far away as Houston, Texas, and supplies were picked up at big box stores along the way into Louisiana. Read more
SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 – ALLEGAN, MI – As part of its Telmate Cares program, the San Francisco-based corrections company Telmate will deliver a financial donation to support a local law enforcement member who is courageously battling cancer.
Deputy Brian Augustine didn’t think much of the sharp abdominal pain that started last Thanksgiving. But by April, the 22-year veteran of the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office could no longer tolerate the suffering. When he and his wife Jennifer went to the hospital, doctors immediately told him he had stage 4 colon cancer that not only metastasized to the liver–it was also not operable. Read more
June 11, 2016 – The Albany County Commission on Tuesday approved two contract amendments — one decreasing the cost of jail phone calls and one providing additional funding to purchase ankle monitors — and green-lighted the final plat for a three-lot subdivision.