Money can be deposited into an inmate's trust account by sending a money order through the mail, by using a credit card online or by transferring funds electronically through a money transferring system, such as Western Union or MoneyGram. The methods of transferring money and how those funds can be accessed and used vary by the individual state's correctional facility. The specific state department of corrections website provides information for methods available at that state's facility.
Money can be added to an inmate's account at most state facilities through the mail or by calling a toll-free number. Electronic or online credit card transfers may vary; some facilities like the Missouri Department of Corrections can only do transfers through Ace Cash Express. Other state facilities use JPay through MoneyGram or Western Union. Check with the facility before sending money to ensure the transfer method is acceptable.
In order to electronically transfer money to an inmate at a federal facility, make certain the inmate is physically at the facility. Funds are processed on a daily basis, including holidays. Include the inmates account number, which is the 8-digit registration number followed by the inmate's last name. Funds can be transferred electronically over the phone, from the location or online.