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Elmwood Correctional Complex

County Jail

Last Updated: March 25, 2020
701 S Abel St, Milpitas, CA 95035
Santa Clara
Security Level
County - medium
Facility Type
Satellite View of Elmwood Correctional Complex

COVID-19: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Elmwood Correctional is facing VISITATION SUSPENSION for the next 15-30 days. Please call 408-957-5900 for the most current visiting room updates and when visits will resume.

Elmwood Correctional Complex basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 408-957-5900

This facility is for adult inmates.

The Elmwood Correctional Complex is a medium-security detention center located at 701 S Abel St Milpitas, CA which is operated locally by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Santa Clara County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Milpitas Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

Elmwood Correctional Complex in Milpitas provides care, housing, and retention of approximately 2,600 medium- and minimum-security male inmates. The facility employs 265 correctional officers, and 25 administrative support personnel and hosts a large number of volunteers and program staff. The entire Elmwood complex has an operating budget of about $32 million a year.

The Elmwood buildings vary in shape and size, some designed for indirect supervision of inmates, others for direct supervision. Many are military-style barracks for minimum-security inmates. Although the Elmwood site only minimum and medium-security male inmates, the women's facility at Elmwood houses all security levels.

Inmate Programs - The Department of Correction's Programs Division delivers services for a vast number of recipients. Programs are offered by the department and partnered with community-based organizations. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Educational Treatment and Vocational Classes
  • Departmental Services and Support
  • Community Services
  • Alternative Custody Programming
  • Inmate Supervision and case management
  • Provider Contracts
  • Provider Performance Assessments and Reviews


Any profits to the Sheriff’s office from commissary sales are placed into the Inmate Welfare Fund.

You can now go online and order items to be shipped into the custody facilities. Products offered online are the same products that are offered to inmates. However, not all items offered to inmates are available online, and items are bundled together rather than sold individually.

• Accepts debit/credit card payments
• Products will be delivered to inmates on regular delivery days


There are several ways to deposit money in inmates' accounts:

• Accepts cash, Visa/MasterCard credit or debit card
• Funds available within 24 hours
• Located at the Main Jail and Elmwood lobbies

2. ONLINE: touchpayonline.com
• Accepts Visa/MasterCard credit or debit card
• Funds available within 24 hours
• Accepts and posts transactions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

3. TELEPHONE (toll-free): 1-866-232-1899

Follow these steps to deposit money via telephone.

- Enter the facility locator number followed by the # key. The facility code is 295110.
- Enter the depositor’s active account login number. Please note that first-time depositors will NOT have this number. They first need to set up a new account at www.touchpayonline.com. Or you can call 1-866-204-1603.
- When depositors are prompted for the inmate ID number, please use the inmate's booking number (CEN#).

• Accepts Visa/MasterCard credit or debit card
• Service available in English and Spanish
• Funds available within 24 hours
• Accepts and posts transactions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year


Inmates’ families/friends can avoid paying a deposit fee by sending a money order to the facility that the inmate is housed at:

  • For Main Jail mail to Inmate Services, 150 W. Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110
  • For Elmwood mail to Inmate Services, 701 S. Able Street, Milpitas, CA 95035

Make the cashier's check or money order payable to Santa Clara County Department of Correction

They must include the inmate’s name + PFN number and the sender’s contact information (in case there is no record of the inmate or the inmate has been released). Mail without a return address will be rejected.

Inmate Programs
Various Educational and Recreational programs are available to inmates, based on their housing assignment. The Programs Unit offers the Regimented Correctional Program (RCP), Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, General Education Diploma (GED) classes, substance abuse classes, occupational training, computer skills, literacy (reading and writing skills), stress reduction, nutrition, personal hygiene, anger management, trauma recovery, parenting and others. To learn more about these programs, or to sign up for them, submit an Inmate Request Form to the Programs Unit or Classification.

Medical/Dental & Mental Health Services
Each inmate is interviewed at the time of booking and a medical screening questionnaire will be completed and maintained by the Medical unit. This questionnaire is confidential and is used by Medical staff to provide care. If your medical condition should change and you require care, speak with a nurse at pill call.

Minimum security inmates may receive medical care at the Medical Clinic located next to Processing. Notify an Officer immediately if your medical problem is an emergency or requires immediate attention.

If you are not yet sentenced and wish to see your own physician at their office, you must obtain a court order per 4011 P.C. If you are sentenced, you must obtain medical clearance and, if eligible, you must apply for a 4011 P.C. release or obtain a court order. You are responsible for all costs.

Pill calls are conducted at regularly scheduled times every day. An Officer will announce pill call in each housing area. Over-the-counter medication may be purchased through the commissary. Emergency dental care is provided for all inmates. If you require dental care, submit a dental request form to the nurse at the morning pill call. If it is an emergency, notify an Officer immediately.

Mental Health Services Are Available to Every Inmate
Being incarcerated can cause a great deal of emotional stress. Notify an Officer if you wish to speak to Mental Health staff. If you think another inmate may be considering suicide, notify an Officer immediately. Some signs of suicidal tendencies are: looking sad or tired, not sleeping or eating, feeling hopeless or worthless, withdrawing, refusing medical treatment, giving things away, writing a will, suddenly "improving" from depression.

Reading glasses may be obtained through Catholic Charities Inmate Support Services Program and the Chaplain.

Prescription glasses are not provided by Medical. You are allowed to possess your prescription glasses.

Property and Money
When you are booked, your money, personal property, and clothing are taken for safekeeping. You should keep your receipt. The Department of Correction will not be responsible for any personal property not surrendered at the time of booking. You may release your property to anyone you wish, except another inmate.

To release property, a Prisoner's Property Release Form must be completed. The person picking up the property should fill in a form as completely as possible and bring it when they come to the jail to get the property. Failure to bring a filled-in form will delay the release of the property.

Prisoner's Property Release Form

If you release any of your property, you must release all of it (with the exception of personal clothing). Personal clothing may be released if you are going to prison.

CDC only accepts the following items if you are in route or sentenced to State prison (there are no exceptions!):

  • Legal books and materials
  • Postage stamps and stamped envelopes, not to exceed 20
  • Receipts address books, business cards, etc.
  • One writing tablet
  • Five personal letters
  • Religious medal, value less than $50.00 and no stones
  • Wedding bands with a value less than $100.00 and no stones
  • All medical devices, aids and prosthetics will be returned after being checked by medical staff
  • Prescription eyeglasses, with a case, no metal clips
  • Medical alert identification, no chains

Once you are sentenced to State prison, you must make arrangements to have your property picked up. If it is not picked up prior to your departure, you will be required to sign a property release form authorizing someone to pick it up. Property left unclaimed will be destroyed after 180 days. If it becomes necessary to confiscate any in-custody property, you will be given a receipt and the property will be placed with your personal property.
Your money is credited to your account and your commissary purchases will be subtracted from your account. You may release money from your account to anyone you wish, except another inmate. Anyone may send money to your account by sending a Cashier's Check or Money Order made payable to the SANTA CLARA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION (SCCDOC). The sender must write your name and PFN (three letters and three numbers) on the Cashier's Check or Money Order. There is a three hundred dollar ($300.00) maximum limit for each check or money order per week. Personal checks will not be accepted. Cashier's Check or Money Order must be sent through regular U.S. Postal Service, no overnight, express mail, etc., will be accepted.

Mail for DOC Inmates

Mail for inmates is only accepted when delivered through regular U.S. Postal Service, no overnight, express mail, etc., will be accepted. Mail from private delivery services, UPS, FedEx, etc., will not be accepted.

The following items will NOT be accepted through the mail service:

  • Cardboard
  • Plastics, or anything laminated
  • Anything GANG related (Photos, colors, writing, symbols)
  • Drugs
  • Two-ply cards will be separated (they are discouraged)
  • Cards larger than 5x7
  • Blank paper, cards, envelopes, stamps
  • Magazines, books, and newspapers not from the publisher
  • Staples and paper clips or glitter
  • Items having suspicious stains or markings, lipstick or whiteout
  • Letters or envelopes having stickers on them
  • Hardbound books
  • Padded envelopes or Priority Mail
  • Artwork was done with wax, watercolors or heavy crayons, markers, felt tip pens and/or glitter pen
  • Flowers
  • Envelopes or items with tape
  • Instant camera photos (i.e. Polaroid)
  • Photographs larger than 4" x 6"
  • Photocopied pictures on 8 1/2 x 11 sized paper
  • Posters larger than 5" x 7"
  • Food items
  • Packages
  • Photographs containing sexually explicit or suggestive images and/or graphic nudity

Inmates may receive newspapers, magazines, periodicals, and books through the US Postal Service if they are mailed directly from the publisher. They will not be accepted if sent by a bookstore or any other person. You may arrange with Catholic Charities Inmate Support Services Program for some materials to be delivered. No hardbound books will be accepted.

Inmate Locator

Elmwood Correctional Complex publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in California. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

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Visitation Information

Elmwood Correctional Complex - Visitation

Inmates are allowed two 30-minute visits a week (Sunday being the first day of the week, Saturday the last). Only one visit per day is allowed; two adult visitors per visit


945 Thompson Street, Milpitas, CA 95035

M2, M3, M4, M5, M8 VISITING SCHEDULE - Visiting Schedule: Spanish



7:00 pm – 7:30 pm 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm 10:00 pm – 10:30 pm



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W4B 2:00 pm 2:00 pm 2:00 pm 2:00 pm 2:00 pm 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 3:00 pm 3:00 pm 3:00 pm 3:00 pm 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 4:00 pm 4:00 pm 4:00 pm 4:00 pm 4:00 pm W2-SIDE 2 W4C W2 SIDE 1
W4A W2-SIDE 2 W4C 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm 9:00 pm 9:00 pm 9:00 pm 9:00 pm 9:00 pm 9:00 pm

Visiting Registration / Scheduling

  • Only approved visitors may schedule a visit.
  • New visitors may register online at www.sccgov.org/ovr
  • Visitor registration applications will take 3 – 4 business days to process.
  • Visitors must have valid government issued picture identification to register/visit.
  • Visits can be scheduled by telephone, at the visiting office, or online.
  • Upon availability, visits may be scheduled up to 21 days from the date of request.
  • There are no same day visits available.
  • Scheduled visits cannot be cancelled or changed within 24 hours.

**If the inmate you are scheduled to visit is moved to a new housing unit, all scheduled visits will automatically be cancelled.

Visiting Rules

Visit may be cancelled for non-compliance with below rules

  • Visitors must arrive for processing 45 minutes prior to the visit.
  • Visitors may ONLY bring identification and one key into the facility. Those with infant(s) may bring in one baby bottle.
  • Visitors will be allowed entry once they have cleared the metal detector. Each visitor will have three opportunities to clear the metal detector.
  • Visitors displaying tattoos of an offensive nature or gang-associated tattoos will not be allowed to visit.
  • Two Adult visitors and the inmate’s or the visitor’s children (17 and under) may visit. An original Birth Certificate is required for each child at the time of visit.
  • Minors will not be left unattended at any time. Unattended minors will be cause for termination of visits.
  • All visitors must wear shoes and clothing that is appropriate for visiting the Elmwood Complex or they will not be allowed entry into the facility.
  • Length of dresses, skirts (including slit skirts) and shorts not to exceed two inches above the knee.
  • Clothing shall not expose any part of the torso, back, shoulders, chest or midsection.
  • Undergarments must not be visible.
  • Transparent clothing, strapless, halter, spaghetti straps, bare midriff clothing, tank tops, and attire displaying obscene/offensive language or drawings is prohibited.
  • Visitors must empty the contents of their pockets and remove jackets, coats or sweaters for search.
  • Buttons and zippers will remain fastened.
  • Clothing that resembles custody issued inmate clothing will not be allowed.
  • Law enforcement or military patterned clothing will not be allowed.
  • Visitor must wear shoes.
  • Clothing or footwear containing metal should not be worn.
  • No hats allowed.
  • No money allowed.
  • Visitors must present medical verification for any internal metal hardware.
  • No medical attire (for example scrubs) will be allowed.
  • No cell phones are allowed into the facility.

Visitors Advisory

  • All visitors are subject to search while on the Elmwood Complex.
  • The Elmwood Complex is a "NO HOSTAGE" facility.
  • Visiting may be cancelled without notification.

Visiting Office: (408) 957-5900 Web Site: Online Visit Reservation (OVR) Services Business Hours: Monday - Friday 07:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Facility Type

Elmwood Correctional Complex is run by the county sheriff’s department and the prison is run by the state department of corrections. Jail is for inmates who are awaiting time or who have been sentenced to less than a year. Prison is only available for people who have been sentenced to more than a year on any one charge.

Neither prison nor jail is nice but they differ in their levels of security, the programs they have and the quality of the environment. Additionally, an inmate cannot ask for a motion to reconsider once they have been transferred to the custody of the department of corrections.

The Sheriff’s department calculates what percentage of your jail time that you actually have to serve. The law requires that the sheriff’s department make people serve a minimum of 50% of their sentence if they are convicted of a misdemeanor.

The jail will accept inmates from the US Marshal and ICE where space is necessary. In comparison, state prison is for inmates serving lengthier sentences on crimes that are more severe in nature.

The Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department calculates what percentage of a felony jail sentence a person will serve. The law requires that an inmate serve at least 85% of their felony jail sentence for non-mandatory time and 100% of their mandatory time.

Elmwood Correctional Complex also offers and manages alternatives to jail such as work release programs, work furlough, house arrest, and private county jails where the person convicted can serve their sentences on weekends. Because overcrowding is a problem in both county jail and state prison, both systems operate a good behavior program. Those who are on good behavior can have their sentences reduced or cut.

If you are not serving a mandatory minimum sentence and you do not get into trouble while in jail the sheriff’s department will typically give automatic good behavior time. When you first receive your release date from the jail, within a few days of being incarcerated, the good time deduction will have already been included in most cases. For non-mandatory misdemeanor good time off is 50% and for felonies is typically about 10-15%.

Custody/Security Level

The Elmwood Correctional Complex is located in California and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 408-957-5900 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Santa Clara County and nearby cities and towns. Some offenders may stay less than one day or only for a few days until they are released in a court proceeding, some after putting up a bond and then are released to a pretrial services caseload under supervision by the court, or are released on their own recognizance with an agreement to appear in court.

The jail is divided into "pods," each of which includes individual cells, common areas, and an outside recreation court — a space bound by towering concrete walls. All meals, are approved by a dietitian. Common area tables are made of solid steel with attached four seats. Inmates crowd around the tables playing cards or board games like chess and checkers. Inside the cells, there is only a sliver of a window allows inmates to peer out. There are two to three inmates per cell, The jail is crowded at about 90 percent capacity and this population varies day-to-day sometimes over-crowded. There are a number of people who arrive at the jail actively or recently drunk or high, or arrive with injuries from fights/assaults that led to their arrest, and/or are mentally ill with no other place for law enforcement to deliver them. This makes the intake process challenging for the jail’s staff and its medical personnel.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a County - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about Elmwood Correctional Complex that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in California

Here are some general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account; but not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails require a per-night fee for the jail’s expenses.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the jail. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be used if the inmate has funds in their commissary account, like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. Items sold are clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary also sells products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets, songs and educational programming. They also sell paper, envelopes, and stamps allowing the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – eligible where no money has been in their commissary account for at least 30 days.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with. Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.

Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, AccessCorrections, JailATM, WU, Touchpayonline, tigercommissary, smartdeposit are some of the money transfer firms being used by various facilities. MoneyGram is by far the oldest and most trusted.

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at Elmwood Correctional Complex letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to Elmwood Correctional Complex at 701 S Abel St, Milpitas, CA

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $8.95, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

Ask a former inmate questions at no charge. The inmate answering has spent considerable time in the federal prison system, state and county jails, and in a prison that was run by the private prison entity CCA. Ask your question or browse previous questions in response to comments or further questions of members of the InmateAid community.

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