How to visit or send money to a prisoner
If you know someone who is in prison, you may be able to support them by visiting or sending them money. Find out how to support someone in federal or state prison.
Visit or send money to someone in state or local prison
Options for visiting or sending money to inmates in state and local prisons vary. Contact the state or local corrections department for more information.
Send money to someone in federal prison
People in federal prison have bank-type accounts that they can use to buy things from the prison commissary. You can deposit money into a federal inmate's account electronically or through a postal money order by mail.
Learn more about depositing money into a federal prisoner’s account.
If the inmate is at a private contract facility, contact that facility or the contract operator for instructions on how to send funds.
Visit someone in federal prison
The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) recommends completing these four steps before visiting someone in federal prison:
Learn more from BOP about each step before planning your visit.
LAST UPDATED: April 6, 2023
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