Wondering how you can send money to an inmate? We’ve prepared this guide to address the most common issues you can face in sending funds to the inmate’s commissary account.
Usually, inmates are provided with a minimum welcome packet: soap, toothbrush, paste and prison clothing. Everything else can be purchased from a prison commissary if required. It can be an individual lotion, shampoo, stationary for personal notes, snacks, etc. This money will be used to pay for phone calls as well.
Firstly, you should contact the facility and ask about restrictions that may apply. Don’t forget to ask what information you will need to provide to send funds – sender’s name, address, and identification, inmate’s prison ID or booking number. Some facilities limit the amount of money to $200 – $300 at once. Other allows only people on the inmate’s approved visitation list to send money.
Sending money to an inmate depends on the state and type of the facility. You should expect different rules from state to state for jails, prisons, or Federal Prisons:
Before sending any funds, you should find out a specific procedure for the facility where the inmate is incarcerated!
Depending on how much is sent and how it is sent (by phone, wire transfer or online) you will pay different fees for sending money. For example, sending $200 online can cost $10 with JPay. The same amount by phone is $12. For larger amounts of money, services may charge fees based on a percentage of the amount transferred, such as 8%-10% of any amount over $1,000.