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Old 10-14-2004, 07:09 PM
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I just recieved a letter from my fiance and he included a memo stating that the institution (FCI Lompoc) mailroom will no longer accept funds as of November 1, 2004. I will now have to send funds to the National LockBox in Iowa. Why? Are other prisons doing this also?
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Old 10-14-2004, 07:50 PM
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Yes I heard this also, my boyfriend called me last night and told me this he is in FCI Elkton and he told me it suppose to be a faster process and its created jobs I guess for that company.
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Old 10-14-2004, 07:53 PM
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Many other prisons are doing this and have been doing so for quite some time.
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I understand that they are going to be implementing this new procedure in Yazoo City also, effective Oct 18. I am trying to find out if we will be allowed to call payments in using our Debit/Card Cards. I think someone one told me they could do that. If you have any imformation on that, could you please share it.
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I've heard the same thing from some other prisons. It is what we have had to do since my daughter arrived at Carswell in May. Perhaps they've set a BOP-wide deadline for it now?
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I know of no "new" policy that requires money to be sent anywhere other than a particular institution. This seems to be a developing practice. For various reasons, I continue to advise clients, their familes and other correspondants that money should be sent - in the form of a US Postal Money Order - payable to the inmate (and contaioning their register number) - to the address designated for inmate mail at the institution.
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I was at FPC Bryan when they started having people send money to inmates at a central location. This has been almost 2 years ago. Bryan was one of the first 3 that began doing this. If you send money to the institution it WILL be returned. Not all fed institutions require money to be sent to this central location but they are adding more and more. Your best bet is to call the institution and ask what their procedure is. I do know that Alderson and FPC Lexington no longer accept funds at the institution, it must be sent to this central location.
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Policy states that: "An inmate will be permitted to receive funds through the mail."


The applicable Program Statement is:


PS 5265.11 CORRESPONDENCE and it is available at: http://www.bop.gov/progstat/5265_011.pdf




Rejecting such mail or funds is inappropriate. The policy is as follows:



[INMATE FUNDS RECEIVED THROUGH THE MAILS §540.23.







a. An inmate, upon completing the appropriate form, may receive funds from family or friends or, upon approval of the Warden, from other persons for crediting to the inmate's trust fund account.]








Section 2 of the Acknowledgment of Inmate (BP-407) contains an authorization for disposition of funds. The inmate ordinarily completes this form upon initial entry into Bureau custody.






[b. An inmate is responsible for advising persons orwarding the inmate funds that all negotiable instruments, such as checks and money orders, should give both the inmate's name and register number, thereby helping to ensure a deposit to the proper inmate's account. Negotiable instruments not accepted because they are incorrectly prepared will be returned to the sender, with a letter of explanation. A copy of this letter will be sent to the inmate.]








The Stamps, Negotiable Instrument and Other Returned to Sender form (BP-328) is the appropriate form to use to return unidentifiable funds. However, if the envelope clearly indicates the inmate’s name and register number, the monies will be accepted.




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Once again, where a difference exists between Policy and actual practice, the administrative remedy process is available.

It is important that the Bureau document its practices with Program Statements - this is easy for them to do (but the process does allow for notice and comment).

Only in this way are the Policies (and practices that appropriately flow floe from them) readily accessible. Without these safeguards, what is to prevent them from changing things on a regular basis? (which, of course they do!!)
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When they implemented this program at Bryan, they stressed to us that if money orders, cash, checks, etc. were sent to the institution that they would be returned. And they were. Funds HAD to be sent to the central location.
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I have always sent money through Western Union. The money will apply to their account in about half an hour.
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Just because some choose to do it differently, does not mean it comports with policy.

As far as Western Union is concerned - this is a VERY expensive way to send money.
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Terre Haute is also implementing this starting November 1st.
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I just send money via www.inmatemoney.com
they even have a way to send it faster then usual!
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...Your best bet is to call the institution and ask what their procedure is...
I agree. Whether the way a particular institution handles it is documented or policy or whatever, it only takes a minute to call. Then send it wherever they say and you know the money will go to the right place the first time.
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Before my man was sentenced Id say back in May..He sent me an address for Des Moines Iowa where a money order could be sent..And it could no longer be the regular money orders they had to be Postal...
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I have a friend in Fort Dix and one at McKean and just heard the same news. There is a new process of sending money. Anyone have any clue as to those 2 particular prisons on how to send them money ?

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I have always sent money through Western Union. The money will apply to their account in about half an hour.
Ive been thinking about sending money via this method... how exactly is it done?
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Old 10-15-2004, 03:32 PM
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Western Union is easy. You need to send the money using Quick collect.

Biller Name: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISON

Code City: FBOP Code State: DC

Account number: SMITH98745022 (lastname+registration#) NO SPACE IN BETWEEN

Attention: JOE SMITH

The cost to send the money will depend on the State where you are sending it from. It cost me about 12.00


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http://www.prisontalk.com/forums/sho...highlight=FBOP
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Again, Western Union is extremely expensive.
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I used Western Union 2 weeks ago. Very simple. The feds have a deal with Western Union. Instead of the normal fee of $26 for a transaction, you pay 13.00. The funds are posted within hours.

From the Warden at Marion, we have been notified that starting in November, all money orders are to be sent to IOWA. That seems to be system wide.
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28 CFR Parts 506 and 540

[BOP Docket No. 1091-F]
RIN 1120-AA86


Inmate Commissary Account Deposit Procedures

AGENCY: Bureau of Prisons, Justice.

ACTION: Final Rule.

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SUMMARY: In this document, the Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) amends its
regulations on how an inmate may receive funds from family, friends,
and other sources. Under previous regulation, funds intended for any
inmate's use were included in correspondence sent to the inmate or left
with staff as part of visiting. Staff at the institution arranged for
the deposit of these funds into the inmate's account. Under the new
regulations, funds from family, friends, or other sources will no
longer be sent to the inmate but will instead be sent directly to a
centralized inmate commissary account in the form of a money order for
receipt and posting. Under the new rule, we will not accept funds sent
by family or friends to the inmate's location. Instead, we will return
them to the sender, provided there is an adequate return address. We
intend this amendment to provide for the more efficient processing of
inmate funds.

DATES: This rule is effective August 2, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Rules Unit, Office of General Counsel, Bureau of Prisons,
320 First Street, NW., Washington, DC 20534.
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My baby told me all about this the other night and gave me the address tonight. For the past 3+ years, I have sent him a money order every couple months straight to the prison (Leavenworth USP) but now... guess we're sending it to IOWA. Just hope it posts in the same amount of time, since there might be a delay seeing that they are accepting mail to that one location for the entire country!
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When I left the Bureau, some institutions were implementing this procedure (sending money to Iowa), but there was no change in the policy statements. We were told (by the mail room) that no money would be rejected under the policy. They said that would require a rewrite or new policy.
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