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Subject: Sending mail inside

We estimate that it takes 1-3 business days to arrive at the facility. The detention center or jail receives the mail, opens and inspects it for contraband and then passes it out at "mail call" to the inmate. This process sometimes delays the distribution to the inmate further.

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Subject: Family services

We would need to know the state he is in and whether the charge was state or federal. Let us know and we'll help you.

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Subject: Marriage in prison

We are not good at giving relationship advice - but if the facts are exactly what you claim, there doesn't seem to be much to look forward to if this is how he repays your generosity. Regarding the charges and the potential plea, it certainly sounds serious and nothing to dismiss. There are components to consider in answering whether "he'll really cop that much time", what is his criminal history? does he have prior convictions? does he have

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Subject: Send inmate money

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.

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Subject: Offender phone calls

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

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Subject: Commissary

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.

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Subject: Family services

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.

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Subject: Sending mail inside

Inmates receive mail Monday through Friday usually handed out at mail call between 4-6pm. It is the responsibility of the letter writer to set up the inmate profile with the correct address and inmate number. The main reason we get letters returned is the Inmate ID is missing or the facility is wrong. We will let you know if the letter comes back and give you some options as to what we can do to re-send it.

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Subject: Commissary

We estimate that it takes 1-3 business days for a letter to reach the mail room of a facility. Once the letter arrives, all mail is inspected by facility staff for contraband which may delay the actual delivery at mail call. Normal mail call days are Mon - Fri usually n the afternoon.

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Subject: Offender phone calls

It really depends on the facility, they all have a separate set of rules. Inmates get a handbook when they are first processed which has all of the rules and regulations. The telephone privileges are in this handbook. If you would like us to try and find out what the particular rules are in your inmate's situation please let us know where they are incarcerated.

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