Jail Funds: taking a closer look at the app 16-year-old missing Moulton teen communicated with inmate on

One video visitation session with John Kaleb Gillespie would cost $5.70.

Posted: Nov 6, 2019 9:28 PM

WAAY 31 is taking a closer look at an application that allowed a Lawrence County teenager to communicate with a sex offender who was in jail.

Police say 16-year-old Peyton Ledlow used the app "Jail Funds" to video chat with Kaleb Gillespie before they went on the run.

It's as easy as downloading the Jail Funds app on your phone, entering your personal information, and selecting the inmate you want to speak with. And it would cost us just $5.70 to call Kaleb Gillespie. 

"He should have never been able to talk to no teenage girls from a jail cell...That is insane to me," says Donna Dover.

Donna Dover has good reason to be concerned about Kaleb Gillespie communicating with a teenager, while behind bars. Gillespie raped her teenage daughter in 2008. It's why he's behind bars and on the Alabama Sex Offender Registry.

The Morgan County Sheriff's office said inmates have been allowed to use the Jail Funds app since July. It makes it easier for them to communicate with friends and family, and get money. Anyone can make an account, put in their personal information, and schedule a call with any inmate.

The app is owned by Vendengine. Its website says children under 13 need parent or guardian's permission. We reached out to them about their age policy and are waiting to hear back.

Dover says she's been in contact with the Morgan County district attorney since Gillespie's escape last week, and capture on Monday. Now she's left wondering how the man serving time for raping her daughter, was able to communicate with another teen girl.

"That he was allowed to talk to minors and him a sex offender.... I don't even know what to say about that," adds Dover.

We've asked the Morgan County Sheriff's Office if they're now concerned about using the Jail Funds app, and if they'll be making any changes.

They told us they are working with their offsite video visitation vendor to review the safeguards they have in place.

Huntsville
Scattered Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 83°
Florence
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 84°
Fayetteville
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 81°
Decatur
Broken Clouds
80° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 85°
Scottsboro
Overcast
75° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 75°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 48588

Reported Deaths: 1042
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson6030162
Mobile4418137
Montgomery4339109
Tuscaloosa254448
Madison19078
Marshall186611
Shelby150924
Lee149437
Morgan12205
Baldwin111410
Walker105127
Elmore98919
Dallas9639
Franklin92216
Etowah88214
DeKalb8416
Chambers65727
Russell6570
Autauga65313
Butler64328
Tallapoosa61669
Unassigned58626
Limestone5741
Houston5526
Cullman5395
Lauderdale5376
Lowndes48022
St. Clair4692
Colbert4656
Pike4595
Escambia4528
Calhoun4365
Coffee4074
Covington39911
Jackson3742
Bullock37010
Barbour3672
Dale3621
Talladega3497
Hale33722
Marengo33011
Wilcox2968
Clarke2946
Winston2893
Chilton2872
Sumter28512
Blount2731
Pickens2556
Monroe2492
Marion24514
Randolph2449
Conecuh2277
Perry2091
Bibb2081
Macon2069
Choctaw20212
Greene1928
Henry1433
Crenshaw1273
Washington1277
Lawrence1170
Cherokee1127
Geneva920
Lamar811
Fayette781
Clay742
Coosa621
Cleburne411
Out of AL00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 57591

Reported Deaths: 710
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby12842214
Davidson12549138
Rutherford332638
Hamilton308837
Sumner180256
Williamson159115
Trousdale15055
Knox14719
Out of TN125610
Wilson109917
Putnam9897
Bradley8894
Robertson88213
Sevier8633
Unassigned8372
Lake6970
Tipton6746
Montgomery6587
Bledsoe6251
Bedford5959
Macon5466
Hamblen4224
Maury4203
Hardeman3814
Fayette3463
Madison3402
Loudon3081
Rhea2940
Blount2803
Dyer2743
McMinn25718
Cheatham2522
Dickson2430
Washington2120
Lawrence2026
Cumberland1964
Anderson1782
Sullivan1782
Lauderdale1723
Gibson1581
Jefferson1571
Monroe1466
Smith1392
Coffee1340
Cocke1260
Greene1232
Hardin1207
Obion1182
Haywood1112
Warren1060
Franklin1043
Marshall1042
Wayne990
Hickman980
McNairy911
Marion904
Giles801
Lincoln800
White803
Hawkins792
Carter771
DeKalb760
Roane750
Weakley691
Overton681
Campbell651
Grundy652
Henderson620
Claiborne610
Unicoi560
Chester530
Carroll511
Polk510
Grainger500
Crockett483
Henry480
Cannon450
Johnson440
Sequatchie430
Jackson410
Humphreys382
Meigs350
Perry350
Morgan291
Decatur280
Stewart260
Fentress250
Scott220
Union200
Houston190
Clay180
Moore170
Benton151
Hancock100
Lewis100
Pickett70
Van Buren70

 

 

Community Events