A: Yes, you can send money electronically through Western Union. All of the prison facilities under the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) are covered by one single Western Union delivery code.
A: The phone service gets a local telephone number for your inmate to call you on - still using the prison telephone company to run the number through. The local line makes the calls at the lowest possible rate, because it is now local and not long distance. You will have to get the number to the inmate either by sending a letter or getting a message via a visit or one last "expensive call". Unfortunately, the prison staff will not help in getting this information to an inmate. Call 888-234-6270 and we will be happy to help set it up.
A: Depending upon the facility, there is a provision for "indigent mail" - if the inmate has a commissary balance for a period of time (less than a few dollars) the prison/jail will offer the inmate a set number of "free stamps" along with envelopes and paper to mail letters.
A: It varies by location and their policies, but usually the inmate will be able to set up their telephone list within 1-2 weeks if your are immediate family, a little longer if not. Letters may be sent as soon as the inmate has money on the commissary to buy stamps.