The JPay company allows users to send money to prison inmates online, for a small fee. The fees increase with larger amounts of money being transferred. The company states that JPay.com is user-friendly and that the process is fast and simple.
Signing up for an account with JPay requires having the name and inmate identification number of the inmate to which you want to send money. The sender opens the home page of JPay.com, enters the inmate's ID, and selects the state and institution where the prisoner is located. Just as there are fees for emailing and calling inmates, there is a small fee for sending money. Although the fee increases according to the total amount sent, the fees usually do not exceed $12, as of 2015. The maximum amount to send is limited to $200.
After locating the inmate within the system, users enters the amount of money to send, fill out the billing address, add a payment method, and complete the process by providing a contact phone number and email address.
JPay also allows incarcerated individuals to receive a corrections-approved JP4 mini-tablet for listening to music and sending email, with credits purchased by friends and loved ones through the JPay system. In addition, it facilitates video visitation with inmates.