76.6 percent of previously incarcerated people will return to prison within five years. A variety of constraints on both correctional facilities and their populations often limit an inmate’s ability to have a meaningful rehabilitation.

The team at Edovo want to change that. Here’s how:

Edovo’s mission is to provide inmates with access to education, communication and self-improvement tools. It does this by introducing secure wireless networks and tablets to prisons and jails. This makes it possible for inmates to invest in their own development and prepare for a life after prison. It also fosters a culture of rehabilitation while providing jails with tools to streamline operations and engage and motivate incarcerated individuals.

Edovo works directly with state and county governments, and currently to bring their platform to approximately 100 jails and prisons. Once a platform is in place, Edovo runs the networks and produces the hardware, the software and the content for it.

Brian Hill and the team at Edovo believe that their product can help unlock the potential of every person affected by incarceration, and can help facilitate better overall outcomes and lower rates of recidivism throughout the U.S.

The Innovation Challenge is sponsored by Samsung NEXT and produced in partnership with NationSwell. In America, not everyone has the same access to education, workforce development, and economic empowerment. We’re looking for exceptional entrepreneurs who are using technology to close this opportunity gap. The winner will receive $25,000 to further their work, $13,000 in Samsung technology and a one-year membership to the NationSwell Council.

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