Contacting Inmates

Fun Ideas to Mail to Your Inmate

Mail is a great way to communicate with your inmate. In addition to serious letters, here are some fun ways to amuse each other through the mail. These can be done on postcards or letters.

Top 10

Each of you make a list of your favorite five things about the other person and also write down five things you each believe the other will say they like best… Read more

Contacting Inmates

Best Days for Inmate Phone Calls

As much as you would like to talk to your inmate each day, the cost of inmate phone calls makes this impossible for most people. If your budget can only handle a couple of calls a week, tell your inmate to call you on Thursdays and Sundays.

Thursday

Thursday phone calls give you almost the entire workweek to take care of business and you will be able… Read more

Contacting Inmates

Fun Ideas for Inmate Mail

Writing to your inmate is an invaluable way to communicate. You’ll have your share of serious life issues letters, but here are some fun ways to entertain each other through letters. These can be done on postcards, too.

Top 5 + 5 = 10

Each of you make a list of your favorite five things about the other person, or write down five things you each believe the… Read more

Contacting Inmates

Drastically Reduce the Cost of Calls from Your Out of State Inmate

Most facilities contract with a third-party company so you can fund prepaid calls, but if those calls are long distance, it can become cost-prohibitive. Luckily there is a way to pay local call rates for long-distance calls on a prepaid service.

First, Do Some Very Basic Research

Find out the area code for the jail or prison. Don’t just look up the area where the prison is located… Read more

Commissary

5 Steps to Mailing Commissary Money to a Federal Inmate

In addition to these five steps below, keep in mind that when you mail the commissary funds, they must go through the United States Postal Service. You cannot use Federal Express, United Parcel or other similar services.

Step 1

Know where to send it. All federal commissary money must be sent to a central post office box. From there, it will be processed so that your loved one… Read more

Contacting Inmates

5 Things Not to Talk About During Jail Calls

When he calls, it is a natural instinct to talk to him about what’s going on in your life, but be careful. Never lie to him, but be smart about what topics you bring up to speak about. These 5 things should probably wait for an in person visit or for when he comes home.

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Contacting Inmates

The High Price of Jail Calls: Reducing the Cost of Long Distance Calls

If the jail where your inmate lives is far enough away that the calls from the jail are long distance, communication can become beyond your budget. Private companies provide services to jails for those calls by leasing telephone lines from Bell South or other phone companies and they pass the cost onto you while making a tidy profit.

The following tips will help reduce the cost of jail phone… Read more