Sending Money/Funds to an Inmate

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This is the complete guide to sending funds and money to an inmate.  This is a general guide and may not be applicable to all jails and prisons.  If you have any questions or concerns about sending an inmate money contact the institution directly

How to send money to an Inmate
Sending money to an inmate can vary from state to state, depending if it is a jail, prison, or a Federal Prison.
Federal Prisons and some state level prisons have centralized banking systems.  In almost every instance you will be able to send a Money Order, but the address you will send it to will depend on the institution.  Use our Prison and Jail Information Directory to get the specific prison and directions for sending your inmate money.

Funds are Usually accepted by Cash, In Person and Through the mail.  Most prisons will have you mail a money order payable to the correctional department with the inmates name and ID number in the memo.  Many institutions now offer deposit via the web through services like Western Union. 

Important things you need to know when Sending an Inmate Money
The most important piece of advice I can give you is to never send money to an inmate's account other then the inmate you are friends or family with.  If your inmate asks you to deposit funds into a friend's account be careful as this is almost always a sign of illegal activity.  The department of corrections will never require funds to be sent in this manner, and deters it.  Inmates often say the money needs to go into another inmates account because the money in that goes into their account will have court fee's etc removed, which may or may not be true, but the prison never takes the entire amount deposited, they only levy a small percentage.

Also remember to always keep receipts and order numbers.  When sending a Money order to an inmate keep the stub with the money order number on it, from time to time Money orders do get lost, so having a way of tracking the money order provides you with recourse and sometimes will be your proof the inmate got the funds when they tell you three days later they didn't and need more money....this is also not a good sign.  You can always contact your inmates counselor if you feel some sort of illegal activity is occurring.

The cheapest way to send funds is by postal money order, the electronic online way of sending funds to an inmate does carry a fee.  No matter what you will need to know the inmates full committed name, and the inmates ID number.  If you are unsure of this use are site to do an inmate search and get the information.  All methods of sending funds will require this information. 

 

 

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sending letters and money internationally

Hiya

My boyfriend is at queensboro correctional facility. How do I go about sending him books letters and money?

How would I write the address?.

Thank you for your help

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Sending inmates letters and money from overseas

You will send letters through the mail like you would to anyone in the US.  You will use the inmate mailing address found on the Queensboro Correctional Facility page, remember to include the inmate's full name and ID number.  For sending books and magazines you will need to use Amazon.com and order new paperback books only.  You must also include the inmates name and ID number and ship to the mailing address listed on the Queensboro page.  Sending money to your inmate is where you may run into a problem.  As far as I know there is no way for you to send money to your inmate because the funds are required to be sent via a United States Postal Money order.

E-mailing an inmate

how does the e-mail an inmate process work and how much does it cost?

E-mailing an inmate

Emails and video visits are handled through JPay.com.  Emails are sent using 'stamps' which are purchased in a minimum of 10.  One stamp = One email...pictures and videos cost extra stamps.

Check out their site for more info.  But before buying anything, double check with the actual facility as some do not have the technology to grant the inmates access to computers.

paper pictures

I have a friend thats in Luzern County Correctal and I was wondering if you could send paper photos like from the computer?

wanted to know if inmates can

wanted to know if inmates can send there family money....if anyone knows please comment thx

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re: can inmates send money to family

It really depends on many factors, the first thing we need to know is what institution or state the inmate is incarcerated in.

Getting Tv for inmate directly through the commissary.

Is there a way to get a TV for the inmate with sending the money to the inmates account but just going to the commissary directly.  If so, how?

If inmates are unable to

If inmates are unable to receive stamps will they be able to purchase any if a money order is sent? Also, is it okay to send blank notebooks?

Order Packages

how do I ordet hygeine package. Add coffee stamps notebook and sugar?

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re: stamps and notebooks

If an inmate is not allowed to be sent stamps through the mail they will have the chance to purchase them at their commissary.  Notebooks are a tricky thing each institution will have different rules on notebooks.  Call the facility to see if they allow them, if they allow notebooks they must not be spiral or wire bound.

Send Money Electronicly

Hello- If I would like to send money Electronicly, do I have to use Western Union;if so what facility information will I need to ensure the inmate

receives the funds? 

Money

How do you know that the inmate knows that they have money on there calling account if the inmate hasn't called and also how do you know that the inmate knows that there is money on there actual inmate account

money to inmate

Hello there,

My Question is, if you send a cash money to an inmate to their PO box address will that person, the one sending the cash, go to jail? even if they were unaware it was an offense?

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Re: Money to an inmate (cash)

No, you will receive a warning, at worst the money will be confiscated but it is usually returned to sender.  Never send cash in an envelope.  The best way of sending money to an inmate is outlined above, but every prison is different so you should search for the institution your friend or family member is incarcerated on this site and see what the procedure is for sending money.  And if you do happen to send an inmate cash through the mail, then call the institution and let them know you were unaware of the procedure for commissary funds.