Can You Send A Prisoner Money?

There are three ways to send funds to inmates, to be deposited into their personal commissary accounts, or phone accounts, at a Federal Bureau of Prisons institution.

To send money electronically, you can choose to send via MoneyGram or Western Union.

How do you send money to someone in jail?

You can now send funds to your loved ones in Federal prison (BOP) through, using the free JPay Mobile App for iPhone and Android, in-person at MoneyGram agent locations, or by calling 1-800-574-5729.

How do I put money on an inmate’s account?

You can send money by phone using your credit or debit card. Call (800) 574-5729 to speak with a live JPay call center agent 24/7. To make a cash deposit, visit any MoneyGram agent location (including all Walmarts and CVS Pharmacies) and use receive code 1224.

Does an inmate know who sends them money?

It has to be sent to their fund or account. My own experience is that no, inmates may not know who sent them money or even if money has been sent. They get a quarterly balance sheet with deposits and withdrawals but as far as being notified when and by who, no they don’t usually get notified.

How does JPay work for inmates?

Inmates receive their email according to a schedule set by their facility, and emails are subject to the same rules that apply to traditional mail. To send or receive Emails you need a account, a computer with internet access and virtual JPay stamps.

What can you send to prisoners?

Here’s our list of the five best things to send inmates in a care package:

  • Letters and Messages. According to, sending correspondence is the number one best way to help your loved one feel connected to home.
  • Commissary Money.
  • Photos.
  • Books, Magazines and Newspapers.
  • Celebratory Cards.

How do you transfer money to someone?

One of the easiest ways to transfer money to someone else is to do it in cash. You can withdraw cash from your own bank account either at a bank branch or by using an ATM.

  1. Your recipient will need to sign up and enter their details to get the money.
  2. It’s only for transfers inside of the US — except for PayPal.

Can you get in trouble for talking to an inmate on a cell phone?

It depends on what state you and the inmate live in, and precisely how the laws are written and enforced. So, if you are receiving texts from a prisoner and sending texts back, it is likely she/he is using a cell phone—which is illegal—even as much as the smuggling of the phone into the prison is likewise.

Can text now accept jail calls?

Since calls from jail are categorized as “collect calls”, and we use a VoIP technology that does not recognize those calls, we don’t officially support receiving calls from jail with our service.

How do I leave a message for an inmate?

Using your inmate’s ID number, you can quickly and easily leave a secure voicemail without having to contact the facility. When you call the local phone number for a facility offering Inmate Voicemail, you will be informed of the cost for leaving a message. To leave your message, simply select the inmate by ID number.

Do prisoners get money when released?

Do inmates receive money when they are released? Yes. This is often known as gate money. Inmates initially releasing from an institution on parole or suspended sentence or discharge will leave with a minimum of $50 gate money.

Can you call back an inmate?

Inmates are allowed to make outgoing calls only, and under no circumstances are incoming calls allowed. The normal method of calling is by collect call (cell phones cannot receive collect calls). Inmates can also use pre-paid phone accounts setup through third party vendors.

Why do inmates need money in jail?

Why Do Inmates Need Money in Jail? In some cases, inmates need money in jail because state regulations require them to cover the costs of basic living items. Inmates also use money to gain access to certain personal items, sometimes in secret or against prison rules.