How Can You Give Money to an Inmate of a Prison?


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The process for giving money to an inmate depends on the prison system in which they are incarcerated, but generally you can send money to inmates electronically or through the standard mail system. Alternatively, some prisons allow inmates to receive money via the JPay money transfer service.

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How Can You Give Money to an Inmate of a Prison?
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Money may be sent to an inmate incarcerated in a federal prison or detention center electronically through MoneyGram or Western Union or by sending a money order through the mail to a central processing location. Money orders from the U.S. Postal Service are credited to the inmate account immediately, while there may be a hold on money orders from other sources. Details of how to send money to a federal inmate either electronically or through the mail is located on the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

Some state prison systems, such as the Michigan Department of Corrections, use a system called JPay. This system allows family and friends to send money to a state-incarcerated inmate electronically or using a money order or guaranteed check. The details of how to use JPay are on the Michigan Department of Corrections website. The Florida Department of Corrections offers five ways to send money to incarcerated inmates. Family or friends may choose from the JPay online portal or mobile app, calling a toll-free number, sending in money orders or making a cash deposit through MoneyGram.

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