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Old 07-22-2010, 10:45 AM
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Question Sending money to a federal inmate

Do anyone know how to send money to a federal inmate? I am so lost and confused and very new to this first time ever in this situation with my fiance being in prison. I know before they moved him to a federal prison he said I would have to send it by western union. Thats all I know
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:51 AM
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Ok so it is not to hard, but I will tell you I was lost the first time I sent money to my brother in law also.
Sending it quick collect is super easy. it cost 6.95, but is on their book within minutes.

The below is straight out of FBOP
  • 1) At an agent location with cash: The inmate's family or friends must complete a Quick Collect Form. Click here to view a sample Quick Collect Form. To find the nearest agent, they may call 1-800-325-6000 or go to www.westernunion.com.
  • 2) By phone using a credit/debit card: The inmate's family or friends may simply call 1-800-634-3422 and press option 2.
  • 3) ONLINE using a credit/debit card: The inmate's family and friends may go to www.westernunion.com and select "Quick Collect".

    For each Western Union Quick Collect transaction, the following information must be provided:
      1. 1) Valid Inmate Eight Digit Register Number (entered with no spaces or dashes and immediately followed by Inmate's Last Name)
        2) Committed Inmate Full Name entered on Attention Line
        3) Code City: FBOP, DC
      1. Hope this helps
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In addition to the above, you can also send a USPS money order. Not as fast as WU Quick Collect, but cheaper, I believe.

To send a USPS money order;

His name and #

Post Office Box 474701
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Des Moines, IA 50947-0001
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Everything above is correct. You can also send other types of money orders to the Des Moines address, but the BOP puts a hold on the money for a couple of weeks. Postal money orders and Western Union funds are available to the inmate immediately after they are posted.
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Mine was always sent through Western Union and I never had a problem.
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how when an inmate know money is on there books? Will they get some sort of notification? Is there an easy(like on a computer) way for an imate to check when they want to see what there balance is?
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I was never notified of account changes. There is a computer screen near most commissaries where an inmate can check the activity in his account. The current balance can also be checked on the telephone, but it doesn't show any details, such as who sent money, like the computer does.
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Thank you but I do not know what prison he is in.
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Everything above is correct. You can also send other types of money orders to the Des Moines address, but the BOP puts a hold on the money for a couple of weeks. Postal money orders and Western Union funds are available to the inmate immediately after they are posted.


Thanks but do you know how I can find what prison they sent him to? I keep looking him up and it still says "in transit" . I called the prison he was just in and they said he is not there
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Sorry to say that he could show "in-transit" for weeks. Tracker won't show a location until he is at a federal facility (the feds can use any facility they want during transfer - not just federal ones). The transfer process is not always direct - can be several stops. You don't need to know his facility to send money. It all goes to central locations as listed in the previous posts. Hope you know something soon! Waiting is very hard.
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Be careful of any restitution he may have to pay; at some point in time, usually about a month into the stay, he will have his initial meeting where he will be told what amount he will have to pay in restitution each month. Any monies, including monies you send him, will be part of the restitution if in his account when withdrawals are made.

Plus this does not go toward the $2000 a month bill he will received AFTER he leaves federal custody for his lodging.
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For many federal inmates, the judge waives the requirement to reimburse the government for the cost of incarceration.
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Dont use western union unless its and "emergency" cus the fees are crazy. I tryed to send $20 thru there and it was gonna cost $20 to do so. I always just go to the Post office and get a money order and send it to the Iowa address that the person at the top posted. It goes into their account really quick, ususally within 3 days.
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I pay $8.95 to send $100-$200 via Western Union Quick Collect.
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I pay $8.95 to send $100-$200 via Western Union Quick Collect.
That's probably cus u sent over $100. My broke a** could only send $20 at the time and they were gonna charge me $20 to send that much!! So i guess the more u send the cheaper the fees.
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I saw on my job you can send up to 50.00 for just 5 bucks and I sent my son who isnt incarcerated money that way plenty times...is it different rates because of where its going?.
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Good info already posted here...I had been going to Western Union myself...once he got a balance up and had everything he needed I have been mailing them because it is a lot cheaper, I'd pay almost $40 in fees every month, rather see that money go to him! I don't know if it's different at every facility, by my man has told me he can call a number, I'm assuming from a phone and check what his balance his. He also says the money order (always get a postal one so they don't put a hold n it) goes in really quick.
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