MA DOC - MASAC at Plymouth

State Prison

Last Updated: October 18, 2019
Address
1 Bump Pond Rd, South Carver, MA 02366
County
Plymouth
Security Level
State - minimum
Phone
508-291-2441
Facility Type
Adult
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MA DOC - MASAC at Plymouth basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 508-291-2441

This facility is for adult inmates.

The inmates housed at MASAC-Plymouth located at 1 Bump Pond Rd in South Carver, MA are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

MASAC at Plymouth is a unique facility that houses two very distinct populations: criminally sentenced, minimum-security, male inmates and civilly committed males participating in an up to 90-day detoxification program.

Correctional staff strives to set a high level of excellence, which reflects their commitment to operating a safe, clean and humane environment for all staff and inmates. All inmates work in a variety of job assignments at the facility and in the community on supervised work crews. Job assignments are intended to provide the offender with opportunities for positive behavioral change while developing work skills and dependable work ethics. Through the work crew program, inmates provide community reparation through agreements with local towns and State agencies such as the MA Highway Department and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Plymouth has traditionally housed minimum-security inmates until they opened their Pre-Release component which is a continued reduction in an inmate's security level. Through the use of assessments and guidelines, inmates who are within 18 months of their parole eligibility or release dates are eligible to participate in work release in the community. Inmates are allowed to work in the community and earn a paycheck. There are policies in place to determine what jobs will be available with the appropriate supervision. This program promotes successful reintegration back into society.

Inmates continue their re-entry planning while at the facility. To complement their efforts several programs are available to ensure they are adequately prepared for the transition from prison life into the community. Programs include the Thinking for A Change, Public Safety Transition Program, GED, ABE, ESL, Automotive Program, AA meetings, NA meetings, and various religious services.

The facility has greatly changed since it was constructed in 1952 as Restoration Camp #1 at the Myles Standish State Forest. It operated as a prison camp into the 1950s when it became MCI-Plymouth. By 1967, work programs were established in the correctional system and its role continues to change and offer unique opportunities for the inmates. Through the years, many construction projects and renovations have led to the modern and effective community correctional facility it is today.

Programs Available at This Facility

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings with DYS: Volunteer and staff facilitated program during which AA meetings are conducted between Department of Correction inmates and Department of Youth Services (DYS) juveniles in the hope that the DYS juveniles will receive a clearer perception of what continued use of substance abuse and criminal activity could lead to. This program is facilitated at MCI Plymouth.

Cooperative Parenting Project Program: Developed by the Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Unit, this program targets single fathers with child support issues. This program is facilitated at Boston Pre-release Center and MCI Plymouth.

HIV/AIDS Education: Programming ranges from basic education and awareness to support groups for inmates who are HIV positive. Instructors include vendor and Department staff, volunteers and inmates. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center, Boston Pre-release Center, MCI Framingham, MCI Norfolk, MCI Plymouth, MCI Shirley, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit, Old Colony Correctional Center, Pondville Correctional Center and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

National Education for Assistant Dog Services-Puppy Program: An 18-month program designed to utilize inmate handlers to teach dogs basic obedience and other skills needed to prepare them for future "careers" as Service Dogs assisting people who are physically disabled. Following their training with the inmates, the dogs will then learn the more advanced Service Dog skills at NEADS' National Assistance Dog Training Campus in Princeton, MA. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham, North Central Correctional Center - Minimum Unit, Northeastern Correctional Center, Pondville Correctional Center and MCI Plymouth.

Parenting/Family Services: Volunteers and staff provide programs, which range from skill building, basic education, and reintegration information to support groups. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham, MCI Norfolk, MCI Plymouth, MCI Shirley, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit, Northeastern Correctional Center, South Middlesex Correctional Center and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

Self Help/Twelve Step Programs: Volunteer facilitated substance abuse support groups based on abstinence. Self Help/Twelve-step programming includes Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Al Anon. Programming is available in both Spanish and English. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center, Boston Pre-release Center, Bridgewater State Hospital, Massachusetts Treatment Center, MCI Concord, MCI Framingham, MCI Norfolk, MCI Plymouth, MCI Shirley, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit, Northeastern Correctional Center, Old Colony Correctional Center, Old Colony Correctional Center - Minimum Unit, Pondville Correctional Center, South Middlesex Correctional Center and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

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Inmate Locator

MA DOC - MASAC at Plymouth is a facility in the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

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.

Visitation Information

MASAC at Plymouth - Visitation

Visiting Periods and Limitations

Wednesday & Friday
6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. (All Inmates)
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
No Visits
Saturday
12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Inmate Last Names ending A-L)
6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. (All Inmates)
Sunday
12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Inmate Last Names ending M-Z)
6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. (All Inmates)
Holidays
12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

A. Visitors may only be listed on one (1) inmate's visiting card at a time.

B. Visits are normally limited to four (4) adults and three (3) children (under 18) per inmate, per visiting period. (Exceptions shall be considered with sufficient prior request to the Superintendent) The Shift Commander reserves the right to limit the number or length of visits in the event of crowding or other justifiable circumstances. There shall be no limitations on the number of weekly visits an inmate may have.

C. All children (under 18) must be accompanied by a parent and must bring their birth certificate. Children visiting with an adult who is not their parent or guardian must also present a completed notarized "Minor Request Form" (Appendix A) which demonstrates that he/she has the consent of a parent or legal guardian. The request must be approved by the Superintendent prior to any visits.

D. Ex-offenders shall be required to obtain the approval of the Superintendent prior to visiting. Normally such approval shall not be considered within six (6) months of release. Appendix B should be completed and sent to the Superintendent.

E. MASAC at Plymouth disciplinary sanctions state that an inmate may be prohibited from family or other visits while on room detention, or during period of loss of visits for a disciplinary sanction. It is the inmate's responsibility to make timely notifications to family or other visits when a disciplinary sanction prohibits visits.

F. If an inmate leaves the visiting area, the visit is considered terminated.

G. Inmates are not to take any items into or out of the visiting area except their own DebitCard.

H. 103 CMR 483 Inmate Visiting policy states in part "No child who was a victim of the inmate's offense shall be authorized to visit without the authorization of the Commissioner or a designee." To address this provision, MASAC at Plymouth Classification staff will review the official versions of new inmate arrivals (those convicted of crimes against the person) to determine if a minor child was the victim of the inmate's crime. In the event this is the case (e.g. a minor child was the victim of the inmate's crime), Classification staff will notify the MASAC at Plymouth Control Center staff to enter a notation on the inmate's Visiting Card that the minor child in question is prohibited from visiting with this inmate.

Designated Visiting Areas

UPPER CAMP

Indoor Visits: Inmate Dining Room
Attorney Visits: C-Dorm Day Room or a private area designated by the Shift Commander.

LOWER CAMP

Outdoor Visits - Pondside visiting area (Seasonal)
Outdoor visits will be held on weekends during the afternoon period only (1:00 PM - 3:45 PM). The Shift Commander shall designate the visiting area to be utilized based upon the weather conditions and operational needs.

Identification, Sign-In and Processing Requirements

A. Before being admitted to the facility, a visitor shall be required to produce identification, which, in the opinion of the admitting officer(s) is adequate. A current photographic identification, such as a Massachusetts driver's license or a passport or an identification card issued by the Department of Transitional Assistance shall be sufficient. The superintendent or a designee may make exceptions.

B. All non-DOC employees and all full-time DOC employees not assigned to MCI-Plymouth are required to turn in picture identification upon entering MCI-Plymouth. These categories include: training, CRA Program, Spectrum employees, education instructors, volunteers, technical liaisons, inmate telephone system employees, DOC Property Officer, service/maintenance contractors, delivery people, vending machine personnel, chaplains, ministers, etc. Identifications shall be returned upon leaving MCI-Plymouth.

C. No visitor under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other intoxicants, shall be allowed on institutional property. Any visitor with the odor of alcohol on his/her breath shall not be allowed on the property.

D. All visitors are responsible to be familiar with MCI-Plymouth visiting procedures and assure compliance. These rules and regulations shall be strictly enforced. Criminal history backgrounds are performed on all visitors.

E. Upon entering MCI-Plymouth property, all visitors shall proceed directly to the Control Center for processing and complete a visiting form (Appendix C). All questions should be answered truthfully and any questions should be directed to staff. Vehicles shall be locked at all times while unattended. Any visitor wishing to return to their vehicle during the visiting period shall not be allowed to return to the visiting room unless specific permission is requested and approved by the Shift Commander.

F. Visitors shall be processed on a "first come, first served" basis. This shall be accomplished by assigning a number to each visiting slip when it is submitted to the officer in the Control Center.

G. Upon signing in, all visits shall be reminded of searches at the Control Center. Visitors shall be asked to empty their pockets and allow a search of their coat pockets and search those personal effects (i.e., diaper bags). This shall take place upon entering the Dining Room Visiting Area or Lower Camp Visiting Yard.

H. Handicap parking is available in the designated areas: lower camp parking lot and the upper camp along side the inmate dining room. Requirements are: valid handicap registration plate/placard, or approval by the Superintendent and/or his designee.

I. The Control Center Officer shall be responsible for notifying the inmate that he has a visit. Visitors are to report to the Visiting Officer prior to entering the visiting area.

J. No visitor/inmate contact is permitted until the visitor has completed the visitor processing procedure in the Sign-in Point and the Visiting Room.

K. The Superintendent reserves the right to restrict or cancel visiting periods in the event of institution emergencies, extreme weather conditions, or other unforeseen circumstances. Visitors may call in advance (Area Code: (508) 291-2441 X-3301 to verify if these conditions apply.

L. The Superintendent may, from time to time, establish additional or alternative visiting periods for special events or functions which visitors may attend. Advance notification shall be posted for such activities.

M. Any visitor requesting to breast-feed their child will be afforded the opportunity to do so in a private area. At MASAC at Plymouth, the area designated for this activity is the Medical Interview Office.

Personal Effects

A. All visitors are expected to leave personal effects, including money and pocketbooks securely locked in their vehicles or in the visitor lockers. Transaction for vending machine Debitcards must be conducted at the Control Center during the sign in process. Inmates are not allowed to be in possession of visitor DebitCards.

B. The institution shall not assume responsibility for lost or stolen items. No unauthorized personal items shall be left in the Visitor processing area.

Searches

All searches are performed at the discretion of the Shift Commander.
A. All carry-in items are subject to search at any time on state property.
B. All visitors are subject to search at any time while on state property.
C. All vehicles are subject to search at any time while on state property.
Any refusal to comply with a search shall result in denial of visiting privileges for that day.

Money/Inmate Property

A. Monies in the forms of checks or money orders are to be received only via Inmate Accounts and are not to be given to the inmate under any circumstances. Checks and money orders can only be received during visiting periods.

B. Visitors are encouraged to use the U.S. Mail to send monies in the form of checks or money orders for deposit into an inmate's account.

C. A slotted container is available at the Sign-in Point that is emptied Monday-Friday by the Treasurer. Cash deposits are not allowed. It is suggested that inmates advise people sending in checks to send money orders/bank checks to avoid any "hold" that may be placed on a personal check.

D. No Inmate property will be accepted.

Operation of Vehicles

A. Careless or reckless operation of vehicles on state property is subject to prosecution and/or loss of visiting privileges.

B. A five- (5) mile per hour speed limits shall be strictly enforced.

General Conduct

The conduct of the visitor and inmate while in the visiting room shall adhere to the following guidelines.

A. Excessive familiarity, the use of any profanity, or serious deviation from appropriate standards of behavior in a public place may result in administrative action, such as verbal warning, termination of a visit, or loss of visiting privileges.

B. Visitors are expected to conduct themselves reasonably and not to engage in physical contact with inmate/residents that is excessive or inappropriate for a public place.

C. Behavior which may be offensive to another visitor or inappropriate in the presence of children will not be tolerated.

D. Any contact that is more than commonly acceptable as a public display of affection and which is embarrassing to others, (i.e., excessive body caressing, excessive kissing, the touching of a private body part) or violates common standard of decency and respect will not be tolerated. One (1) notice of caution is discretionary.

E. Disruptive behavior of any kind will not be tolerated.

F. No straddling chairs. Furniture is not to be rearranged.

G. No sitting with one person's legs crossed over another person's legs.

H. Feet will remain visible at all times.

I. No lying across or sitting in another's lap.

J. When sitting, hands shall be in plain sight at all times.

K. Inmate visitors shall not be allowed to put their arms around each other when sitting or standing. The only exception will be once at the beginning and once at the end of the visit during the exchange of common display of affection (hug and/or closed mouth kiss).

L. Inmates and visitors will follow the orders of the officers assigned to the visiting room and its related areas.

M. No article(s) shall be passed between visitors and inmates/residents without the permission of a visiting room officer.

N. Inmates and visitors are responsible for cleaning up and throwing away all trash, left over vending machine items and wrappers that have been purchased during their visit.

O. No cross visiting between inmates and visitors.

P. No sharing of beverages or bagged food items.

Q. At no time will visitors and/or inmates be allowed to change their seats unless directed to or given permission to do so by a visiting room staff member.
R. Interaction between inmate and another visitor or between visitors is not allowed.

S. Possession or use of tobacco products is prohibited.

T. Parents or legal guardians will be responsible for the child's behavior at all times. Children will not be allowed to engage in disruptive behavior or to roam the visiting room or area unattended. This type of behavior may be grounds for termination of the visit.

U. Visitors and inmates are expected to keep their general area clean and orderly. Dispose of all refuse in proper containers.

V. Visitors shall not be allowed to bring in any pet other than a Seeing Eye dog or a dog utilized for handicap purposes.

W. Use of playground equipment in the outside visiting area is permitted with parental supervision. Defective playground equipment should be reported to the Visiting Officer immediately.

Contraband

A. Visitors shall not introduce or remove any items during their visit or otherwise have in their possession or property, any item of contraband including but not limited to:

- Guns, knives or other weapons;
- Controlled substances;
- Tobacco products and lighters / matches;
- Alcohol;
- Explosive or incendiary devices;
- Packages, parcels or mail intended for the inmate
- Any item (other than allowable items) not allowed for the possession or retention by inmates;
- Food. All foodstuffs are to be purchased through the vending machines.

B. Questions regarding any item which may be potentially classified as contraband shall be addressed to the Shift Commander whose decision shall rule, pending any appeal as set forth in the provisions included in these Rules and Regulations.

C. Violation of State and/or Federal Law may result in criminal prosecution.

D. The smoking, possession or other use of tobacco products by inmates and/or visitors is prohibited on all Department of Correction property and property under the control of the Department. If a visitor has any tobacco product, matches, lighter, etc. on their person when they are being signed in at Control, they shall be given the option of bringing the items back to their vehicles and then be allowed to visit. If contraband is found within the visiting area, the visit shall be terminated and be subject to a permanent bar from visiting.

Barred Visits and Appeals

A. Violation of any rule or regulation governing visits at MCI-Plymouth may result in refusal of visiting privileges, termination of visits and/or being barred from future visits.

B. The Shift Commander has the authority to restrict or suspend visiting privileges pending review and/or appeal to the Superintendent.

C. Barred visitors are restricted from entering any Department of Correction facility prior to reinstatement of their visiting privileges. Application for reinstatement may occur upon expiration of the period of the bar.

D. The Superintendent may require an interview when considering any matter under appeal or application for reinstatement.

Outside Visits (Seasonal)

A. Outside visitors shall be processed as previously stated, but shall proceed from the Control area to the Pondside visiting area. No inmate or visitor shall be allowed access to the dining hall area during outside visits.

B. An outdoor portable toilet will be available for Pondside visits marked "Visitors". Visitors who wish to use indoor toilet facilities may do so by making a request to the Visiting Officer and following his/her directions.

C. Inmates shall utilize the portable toilet facilities in the outside visiting area marked "Inmates". No inmate shall be allowed to leave visiting areas and return.

D. Drinking water shall be available at the outside visiting area in a Cambro with ice.

E. STRADDLING of benches shall not be allowed.

F. When exiting the visiting area, all visitors shall turn right and proceed directly to their car. Inmates must turn left and proceed along the lower pond road, and back to their dorms via the brick walk.

G. No visitors or inmates are to linger in the lower camp when visits are over.

Attorney Visits

A. All attorney visits shall be conducted during normal visiting hours. Any other request for attorney visits shall obtain prior approval by the Superintendent or his designee.

B. Attorney visits shall be held in the C-Dorm Day Room so attorney/client privacy can be ensured. The Shift Commander shall ensure that the Day Room is cleared of all inmates prior to the visit. The Control Center Officer shall ensure that the proper documentation is collected and forwarded to the Shift Commander so the inmate's visiting card can be documented.

C. All attorneys requesting attorney visits shall provide appropriate credentials such as: Bar Card, intern status or other pre-approved documentation giving him/her attorney privileges.

Special Visits

The Superintendent or his/her designee may allow visits other than during normal visiting periods (e.g. family emergencies). The inmate shall submit a written request to the Superintendent requesting the special visit. Times and location of the visit shall be determined by the Superintendent or his/her designee.
Per 103 CMR 483, in the event an MASAC at Plymouth inmate who is confined at an outside hospital is medically determined to be in critical condition or in imminent danger of death, he may be allowed to have visits. In such cases, the Superintendent or his/her designee shall contact the inmate's emergency notification individual. Should a visit be requested as a result of this contact, the Superintendent shall rule on this request and determine the visitation arrangements accordingly. These arrangements shall then be relayed to the Officer in Charge of the hospital detail via the Shift Commander. All other parties who request visits under these circumstances shall contact the Superintendent's office and will be considered on a case by case basis.

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Facility Type

The Massachusetts Department of Corrections is responsible for the operation of MA DOC - MASAC at Plymouth where they supervise adults convicted of a state crime and then sentenced to a commitment period by the County or Circuit Judge. The penalty phase of the commitment is the length of the sentence imposed and what type of facility they will spend their time in. Once the inmate is taken into custody there is an orientation period where the offender is evaluated medically and psychologically. The results of their findings will have everything to do with the level of custody the prisoner will be incarcerated.

State prison is also referred to as a correctional facility, penitentiary or detention center and is a facility in which inmates are forcibly confined and denied a variety of freedoms under the authority of the state. Convicted criminals are sent to prison as punishment and must follow very strict rules of conduct and order or they are held to additional punishment like loss of privileges or isolation. The address is 1 Bump Pond Rd, South Carver, MA located in Plymouth County.

There is a fundamental difference between jail and prison. It has everything to do with the length of stay for inmates; jail is short-term and prison is long-term. Jail is most commonly used within a criminal justice system for people charged with crimes who must be imprisoned until their trial, or those pleading or being found guilty of crimes at trial may be sentenced to a specified short period of imprisonment. Jails are usually run by local law enforcement county sheriff and/or local government police agencies.

Because prisons are designed for long-term incarceration, they are better developed for the living needs of their populations. State prison offers the inmate a more regular, routine life, the wider range of programs, better facilities and generally better food. The DOC has a bevy of disciplines for which an offender may be classified, they are Reception Centers, High Security (Males), General Population (Males), and Female Offenders.

State prison is very much like a town inside a town. There is a mayor (the warden - call 508-291-2441 for information), a store (the commissary), housing (cells), medical care (infirmary), library (law, education and lending), civic organizations (clubs), worship (chapel), a park (the recreation yard), a cafeteria (chow hall), police (correctional staff), a jail (disciplinary segregation unit, the SHU, the hole), laws (administrative rules), judges (hearings officers), and the inmates all have a job that keeps the institution operational.

There is no privacy in prison - inmates dress, shower, and use the bathroom in the company of other inmates.  Inmates are required to make their bunks and keep their personal possessions neat; All inmates wear identical clothing and must carry their identification card with them at all times.; Most possessions allowed must be purchased from the canteen; Meal times are assigned and inmates have a short time to eat and depart the chow hall, there are no seconds; Inmates are subject to searches of their person and/or cell at any time; All movements of inmates from one area to another are tightly choreographed, monitored and supervised to avaid any incidents between location changes.

Custody/Security Level

MA DOC - MASAC at Plymouth is a minimum security state prison located at 1 Bump Pond Rd in South Carver, MA operated by the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. This institution is considered the best situation to be in if you have to be incarcerated. Inmates assigned to minimum security prisons generally pose the least risk to public safety. Inmates live in dormitories on a campus that resembles a school more than a prison. Inmates must have less than 8 years on their sentence, be non-violent with a clear disciplinary history to qualify for minimum designation. There is much less supervision of inmate movement within the prison than at any other custody level.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a State - minimum 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 MA DOC - MASAC at Plymouth 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 Massachusetts

These are general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's commissary account. 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.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the correctional institution. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be enjoyed if the inmate has funds in their commissary account. An inmate's commissary account is like a bank account within the prison. 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. The commissary sells clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary might also sell entertainment-related products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets like an iPad (no internet access), songs and educational programming.

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.

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.

Some of the money transfer firms are MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, Access Corrections, JailATM, CommissaryDeposit

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.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

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 MA DOC - MASAC at Plymouth 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 MA DOC - MASAC at Plymouth at 1 Bump Pond Rd, South Carver, MA

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.

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