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How can family and friends contribute to the TDCJ commissary?

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Family and friends of prison inmates in Texas can contribute to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice commissary through the offender direct purchase program eCommDirect, reports the TDCJ. They can also send money to the inmate's trust fund through money orders, cashier's checks, direct deposit or other payment systems.

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To access the offender direct purchase program, family and friends should go to the main page of the TDCJ website and click on eCommDirect – Offender Commissary Purchases under Quick Links. Program users first search for the inmate using his ID number and last name. Relatives and friends can use the program to deposit up to $300 per transaction into the inmate's trust fund as of 2015. Loved ones can also directly purchase up to $60 in goods from the commissary for the inmate per calendar quarter. The TDCJ allows the inmate to receive only one online purchase a day.

To send cashier's checks or money orders payable to the inmate's trust fund, loved ones must obtain deposit slips from the inmate and send them along with the check to an address listed on the TDCJ website. Alternatively, they can arrange for monthly deposits into the inmate's trust fund from their checking accounts by sending an authorization form along with a voided check to the TDCJ. Financial agencies that deposit funds into an inmate's trust fund for a fee include America's Cash Express, JPay, TouchPay Payment Systems and Western Union.

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