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Old 06-14-2018, 03:13 PM
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I was told that my fiance needs mandatory money in his cantene, while serving years in the pen? does anyone know anything about it?
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Who told you that? I don't know about the system in Canada, but I seriously doubt every inmate in there has family putting money on their account. I'm sure it's much like the states where a larger percentage of inmates have no outside support.
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Who told you that? I don't know about the system in Canada, but I seriously doubt every inmate in there has family putting money on their account. I'm sure it's much like the states where a larger percentage of inmates have no outside support.
my fiance just got sent to Joyceville today. He has been in and out in his early days. He said they require you to have an ongoing amount in your cantene of $80, for if there is a situation that you pass away ... I am going to try and call the institution about it. Not a good thing to be talking or asking about
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He told you that you must keep $80 in the account in case he dies? I don’t mean to sound crass but dying is probably the one thing you can do for free in prison.

I hope you get it straight with a phone call but it sounds fishy.
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I believe he's right. You have to have $ for a body bag. Ugh.
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I believe he's right. You have to have $ for a body bag. Ugh.
Oh my goodness.

I did a little google-fu and it does appear that they put a hold on some of the initial funds in an inmate account that is given to the inmate upon release. The “body bag” thing appears to be a morbid nationwide joke. I don’t see any indication that’s what it is actually intended for.

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Marseille is correct. There is no body bag money; that's a myth, though you hear it a lot inside.
The handling of prisoner money in Canadian prisons is ridiculously complicated. A few points:
- You don't HAVE to have money; many prisoners have only what you 'earn' as a prisoner - which is very, very little. However without money you can't buy stamps, treats, phone time, or anything else; you will get only what the prison gives in the way of good and other things.
- If you do have your own money, they do keep a minimum of $80 that you can't spend, for emergencies or your release. Many guys get out with so little money that it's very hard to live.
- You 'earn' money inside if you go to school or have a job at the rate of about $6/per day but about 40% of this is taken back for phone, 'room and board', etc. So you net about $3-4 per day, which you can use for canteen, phone, or purchasing various things. The money you earn doesn't go far...

- Prisoners have two accounts - savings and current. There are lots of rules about what money goes where and how you move money around - as I said, it's ridiculously complicated and causes lots of problems for prisoners. I'm happy to explain further if anyone wants.
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