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Here's all of the different ways to deposit money to a federal prisoner's phone/commissary/email account.
https://www.bop.gov/inmates/communications.jsp#money

US Postal money orders are the least expensive and they are the only MOs that aren't held for 15 days. Electronic deposits (WU) are posted quickly and are available to the inmate right away, but they are more expensive.
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Here are the ways to add money to a federal prisoner's phone/commissary/email account. US Postal money orders are the least expensive, and they are the only money orders that aren't held for 15 days.
https://www.bop.gov/inmates/communications.jsp#money

Electronic deposits (WU) are available right away, but they are more expensive.
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My husband's lawyer said it is ok to bring cash (around $500) in with him to the camp to get started.
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It is OK to bring money when you first enter federal prison. The problem I encountered was that the money wasn't posted to my inmate account for nearly a month. To be able to shop at the commissary, or to make prepaid phone calls, we had to send money to the Des Moines lockbox (where all account records are maintained) by western union. Otherwise I would have had to wait for the money I brought with me to finally become available.
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I believe you. But let's not get so used to the system that we forget it's bizarre to walk in with cash and then not have it credited for a month.
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If you don’t walk in with cash, what’s the earliest you can send it to ensure it’s in your account when you get there and can have access to it right away for commissary items? My husband will be arriving no matter what camp he is assigned to in the dead of winter and will need to buy some warm items immediately. I guess I can have him take cash and send in money and what’s extra just rolls into the following months. Better safe than sorry.
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If you donít walk in with cash, whatís the earliest you can send it to ensure itís in your account when you get there and can have access to it right away for commissary items? My husband will be arriving no matter what camp he is assigned to in the dead of winter and will need to buy some warm items immediately. I guess I can have him take cash and send in money and whatís extra just rolls into the following months. Better safe than sorry.


That is what we did... He went in with $200 and the day he surrendered I sent $300 via Western Union. 1st month costs the most.
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I have read posts that say money can be deposited as soon as your name and bop ID number appear on the inmate locator.
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I have read posts that say money can be deposited as soon as your name and bop ID number appear on the inmate locator.
So if he's on the BOP inmate locator now, even without knowing where he's going we can send in something?
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Yes. You can mail a US Post Office money order, or deposit money electronically.
https://www.bop.gov/inmates/communications.jsp#money

His inmate account will exist physically in Des Moines, Iowa, and will be available for his use in any bop owned prison and it will follow him if he is moved. If he is sent to a privately owned prison instead, he will need to get the account transferred to that private prison.
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