Yeah, it really does depend on where they're at. I was on several different units here in Texas during my incarceration, and some places I went to the store twice a week, some units once a month. Even longer if we was on lock-down. We'd get "trust fund" statements about once a month telling us our deposits and withdraws, but it is better to let them know so they can go before the statements come out. They'll tell you if your broke soon as you hand them your commissary card.
Keep in mind, I'm only talking about Texas and I'm talking over 10 years ago as well.
Since this is an Ohio forum, you may need to check with the state they are incarcerated in. My experience has been this. Mine goes once a week. I usually tell him how much is there. However, when he goes to commissary he can only use 65 that day even though he may be sitting on more than 65. Classification, behavior, RIB infractions, etc etc....there are several factors when it comes to how often they are able to go to commissary. Mine never knows exactly how much is on his account unless I have actually told him what was sent or palced on his account. Hope this helps. Be blessed
I have found it is prison specific. My daughter always gets a slip telling her money was added to her account and by who within two days after putting the money on there. She normally shops twice a month and i think her limit is 120.00 per shop ( not that she ever has that LOL )
However my son never knows when someone adds money and i have to tell him personally or he wont know. I think he can go twice a month too but is limited to 85.00 a shop.
My daughter told me she is not permitted to just check her ID to see how money she has and always keeps her reciepts to keep track of what she has and spends.
Guys at OSP recieve notification too when money is added to their account, however i have heard the new company ( offenderconnect) is not doing this anymore so i am not sure.
My son was at Richland, he went twice a month. He received a print-out of how much money he had on his account. I always let him know what I put on there so he could check to make sure there were no mistakes.
It depends on the facility. There are variations as to how often and how much they can spend. It's typically either on a fixed day once a week, or twice a month...every other week. If they get to go twice a month, they usually are able to spend more per shopping trip. The most I've ever seen anyone able to shop in Ohio is $100. If you send a money order in with a letter, they stamp the back of the letter with the date and amount of the money order. If you use the online system or one of the Kiosks, they won't necessarily know unless they kite the cashier and ask for the total on their account if it's more than what they're allowed to shop for. They get a slip of paper before shopping day telling them how much they have available to spend, but it won't give them the total. So if they can shop $75 and they have $250 on their books, it'll only show $75 on their commissary slip. If that makes any sense, lol.
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