The Department of Corrections of each city or state usually allows money deposits for an inmate by sending it through mail, in person, by phone, or by accessing the website of money transfer agents online. Contact the Department of Corrections in your state or city for the accepted sending options.
Some states, such as New Hampshire, Nevada, Arizona, Alabama and Missouri, use the services of Access Corrections, an online money transfer agent that allows families to send and deposit funds for a loved one incarcerated in one of the county jails in the state. Access Corrections accepts money deposits from credit or debit cards with Mastercard or Visa logos. Aside from the online money transfer, it also accepts cash deposits through its Access Secure Deposits kiosks locations. You can visit AccessCorrections.com to register an account. Other states also allow electronic fund transfers through MoneyGram, Western Union and JPay.
Families with loved ones currently in custody of a federal prison also have the option to send money through the U.S. Postal Service. The Federal Bureau of Prisons accepts funds at a BOP-managed facility. The family has to request for a money order form and send it to the BOP's central processing location. Unlike when using an online money transfer agent, sending funds directly to the institution does not require a fee.