Gayle W. wrote:
I would like to know if you are the company that can put money on an inmates commissary account? Please call and let me know.
This website is only informational. We do not handle any actual money transfers. But I did some research and here is the procedure for adding money to an inmate’s commissary account.
As you know, the commissary account holds the prisoner’s earned money. The inmate can use the funds to purchase items from the prison store (the commissary), including snacks and personal hygiene items.
I’m assuming you are in the USA.
A. Western Union – One easy way to send money to a federal prisoner’s commissary account is through Western Union. You can visit a Western Union agent, or you can do it through their website or by phone. You will need to use Western Union’s “Quick Collect” option for “inmate trust funds”.
Make sure you have the inmate’s prison-issued eight digit registry number. That number should be entered in the “account number” field on the Western Union form, without dashes. Directly following the number, without a space in between, the inmate’s last name will need to be entered with the first letter capitalized.
In the “Attention” field, write the inmate’s full name and prison registry number (with the dashes this time).
B. Money Order – If you cannot use Western Union for some reason or choose not to, you can send a money order. Make it out to the full name of the inmate and his registry number (dashes included), and mail it to:
Federal Bureau of Prisons
(Insert Valid Committed Inmate Name)
(Insert Inmate Eight Digit Register Number)
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001
Procedures for sending money to an inmate in state prison vary from state to state. Some states require you to first register and be approved. Some accept money through a money transfer service like Western Union or MoneyGram, some accept money orders or cashier’s checks, and some even accept cash at the visitor’s lobby in the prison.
You should call the facility where the inmate is incarcerated, and ask them the procedure for sending money to an inmate there.