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Monroe County FL - Stock Island Detention Center

County Jail

Last Updated: October 03, 2019
5501 College Rd, Key West, FL 33040
Security Level
County - medium
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COVID-19: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Stock Island Detention is facing VISITATION SUSPENSION for the next 15-30 days. Please call 305-293-7300 for the most current visiting room updates and when visits will resume.

Monroe County FL - Stock Island Detention Center basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 305-293-7300

This facility is for adult inmates.

The Monroe County FL - Stock Island Detention Center is a medium-security detention center located at 5501 College Rd Key West, FL which is operated locally by the Monroe 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. Monroe County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Key West Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

Inmate Money - No inmate is permitted to keep in his/her possession any money, checks, money orders, or any other legal tender. All money will be receipted and deposited in an account upon entry into the facility (there is a $20.00 processing fee). This money can be used for the purchase of commissary items.

Family and friends may deposit money into an inmate's account using a debit or credit card. This can be done in several ways, including by phone, or via the internet. In addition, money orders can be dropped off at the middle and upper Keys detention facilities. All acceptable money orders must be printed with the inmate's name as indicated on the inmate's I.D., and the complete name and mailing address of the person sending the money. NO personal checks will be accepted.

A check will be written to the inmate for any money remaining in the inmate's account upon release.

Inmate Property - All inmate property is kept in a secure location while the inmate is being held in the facility. Once an inmate is released, his/her property is returned. If an inmate is transferred to another facility, the property is transferred as well.

Upon booking at a Monroe County Detention Facility, an inmate is allowed to keep with him/her:

  • Eye Glasses
  • One "simple" wedding band (no diamonds or other protruding stones)
  • If they are wearing one pair of plain white socks, they can keep them
  • If they are wearing one plain white short-sleeved t-shirt, they can keep it

Jail personnel often get asked about medication. Inmates CAN NOT bring in their own medication; Prison Health Services (PHS), the agency contracted to provide health care at the detention facilities, will assess their situation at the time of intake. If an inmate requires medication immediately, the doctor will be notified. If it is after hours, PHS calls the doctor and the doctor will order the medications right away.

Inmate Telephones - The use of the telephone is a privilege. Inmates are allowed to use the telephone to notify family members, their attorney and/or to arrange for a bond. Inmates who make obscene, threatening, or harassing telephone calls, or damage telephone equipment, will lose their telephone privileges and will be criminally prosecuted.

Inmate telephones are contracted to a third party, ICSolutions. For customer services, including blocking/unblocking phones calls from inmates, call (888) 506-8407.

Inmate Mail - Inmates may write and receive unlimited correspondence. Incoming mail must have the inmate's name and identification number above or below the mailing address and must have a complete return address including the full name of the sender. Postage paid envelopes and writing paper are available in the commissary for purchase by inmates.

To send mail to an inmate, you must have the inmate ID (MNI) number. Click here for a complete and alphabetical list of current inmates with ID numbers.

Inmates are authorized to receive three paperback books and two magazines each month that meets our criteria ONLY if they are sent directly from the publisher or legitimate retailer. Hardcover books are not allowed. Amounts in excess of this or publications received from any source other than directly from the publisher or a legitimate retailer will be returned to sender. Magazines and books that do NOT meet our criteria are:

  1. Any sexually explicit material which is defined as any material that clearly shows or depicts sexual acts and/or the sexual organs, or any material that may cause sexual arousal or encourage sexual behavior.
  2. Any material that contains instructions for the manufacturing of explosives, drugs, or other unlawful substances.
  3. Any material that advocates violence within the facility.
  4. Any material that is of a type which has proved to cause violence or other serious disruption of facility security.
  5. Any material that advocates racial, religious, or national hatred in such a way so as to create a serious danger of violence in the facility.

Books or any other type of periodicals that are received from any source other than directly from the publisher or a legitimate retailer will be returned to sender.

Outgoing and incoming mail will be inspected for contraband or security breaches in accordance with the Florida Model Jail Standards with the exception of legal mail. If necessary, legal mail will be opened in the presence of the inmate.

Inmate Recreation - Inmates at each facility have the opportunity to go to outdoor recreation, weather permitting. The recreation yard will be opened as scheduled according to housing assignment. Horseplay, fights, and other disturbances will result in the termination of recreation and may result in disciplinary action.

Inmate Library - Reading material for inmates is available in their dorm/unit. Inmates may borrow a maximum of three (3) books at a time. Having more than three (3) books in their possession may result in disciplinary action. Family members, friends, etc., may contribute paperback books to the facility's library by donating them to the Programs Department. These books will NOT be held out for any particular inmate. They will be placed in the library with all the other books and rotated throughout the dorms/units. Donations of Spanish or other foreign reading material is always needed.

Inmate Law Library - Private attorneys or public defenders are the best sources of information about charges, the progress of a case through the courts, and information about laws and other legal advice. We will provide every inmate who is unable to obtain the assistance of counsel, reasonable access to legal materials that are in the law library. Inmates may have access to the law library by completing an Inmate Request Form expressing their desire to attend. Inmates will not be allowed to remove any legal references from the law library. Removal of law library material will result in a Disciplinary Report being issued. The law library schedule is made up weekly. Pro-se inmates will be scheduled for 12 hours each week. If a pro-se inmate needs more than 12 hours, the inmate needs to fill out an Inmate Request Form requesting additional hours.

Inmate Classification - The primary objective of classification is the placing of inmates in the type of housing that best meet their needs and to provide reasonable protection for all inmates and others. Each inmate will be interviewed by the Classification Department after first appearance. The classification decision will be based on all information available regarding self-reported medical history, criminal history, past institutional behavior, and current charges.

Once the classification level has been determined, the inmate will receive a copy of the classification decision. (Every thirty (30) days from their last classification date, each inmate will be reclassified based on their behavior, additional charges, officers' comments, and additional medical problems). Any inmate, who so desires, may appeal his/her classification (in writing) in any of the three basic areas (security level, housing assignment or programs) within ten (10) days of the primary classification or reclassification by addressing the appeal to Classification Department, Appeal of Classification.

Inmate Trusty Regulations

Trusty Appearance

  1. Trustees will wear shirts (tucked in pants), and shoes (not shower slides) at all times when not in their housing area.
  2. Trustees will be clean-shaven every day unless they have a written medical excuse from the Medical Department.
  3. Trustees will maintain a clean and neat appearance including maintaining hair length within regulations.
  4. Hats will not be worn in the building, except when necessary according to work assignments.
  5. Upon leaving their housing area, trusties will display proper I.D. in accordance with facility Rules and Regulations.

Trusty Work Regulations

  1. Trusties will not leave their assigned work areas without permission from an officer or staff member.
  2. Trusties will not take reading materials to work.
  3. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES will trusties talk to, give to, or receive materials from any inmate.

Trusty Living Area

  1. Trustees will keep their housing areas clean.
  2. Trustees will keep their bunks made, using the blankets as spreads.
  3. Shoes will be kept under the bed when not being worn, and all items not being used will be put away

Trusty Clothing Regulations

  1. Trustees will wear county-issued clothing according to work assignment.
    1. Orange t-shirts are worn outside the detention facility only.
    2. For socks, submit an Inmate Request Form to the Laundry Department to be issued one (1) pair of socks.
    3. Boots will be issued prior to work detail.
  2. Trustees will not have more than one set of county-issued clothing at any one time (shirt and pants).
  3. Trustees will not possess personal clothing with the exception of underwear, bras, shorts, socks, and/or shoes.

Inmate Education - Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a program which includes reading, writing and arithmetic at the elementary and junior high school level. General Education Development (GED) is a program which includes English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies to prepare individuals for the GED test to secure a high school equivalency diploma. Literacy training is one-to-one tutoring which helps an individual learn to read or improve his existing reading skills. If an inmate is interested in the above programs, the inmate shall submit an Inmate Request Form to the GED Instructor via the Programs Director requesting to attend.

Substance Abuse - Individual and group counseling and education on substance abuse is provided to inmates who are ordered to or volunteer to participate in the Sheriff's Department Inmate Intervention/Residential Program (SDIIRP). Classes and programs range from prevention education to life skills counseling. Inmates must submit an Inmate Request Form to the Programs Department for consideration. The substance abuse counselor assessment will determine if an inmate will be accepted or NOT. Inmates who are court ordered will automatically be assessed by a substance abuse counselor.

Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous groups are available to all inmates, except Unit A or other inmates in lockdown, subject to the availability of volunteers. The Inmate Activity Schedule posted in each dorm/unit informs them of the dates and times.

Inmate Locator

Monroe County FL - Stock Island Detention Center publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Florida. 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

Monroe County FL - Stock Island Detention Center - Visitation

VIDEO VISITATION DAYS/HOURS - Inmates/Detainees will not be pulled from Medical, Work, Recreation or Program Classes for visitation. It is up to the inmate/detainee to inform their family and friends of their daily schedule. If the inmate/detainee wants to visit, do not attend recreation or requested programs during your visitation times, this includes inmates in the AC/PC unit.

Onsite Video Visitation

  • Sunday through Thursday
  • Closed on Fridays and Saturdays for onsite only
  • 8 am to 11 am and 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Day time only – No holidays

Off-site Video Visitation

  • Days - Monday through Sunday - including holidays
  • Times - 8 am to 11 am, 1 pm to 4 pm and 7:30 pm to 11 pm.

There is no onsite video visitation on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Good Friday, Labor Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day & the Day after Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Other dates for closing will be announced.

VIDEO VISITATION RULES - Please, read all of the rules completely prior to moving forward – Not knowing the rules will not be accepted as an excuse for not following them. Disobeying any rule may result in you being banned from visiting or criminal charges being pursued when applicable.

  • All visits are subject to monitoring and recording.
  • The introduction or attempts to introduce into or upon facility grounds Weapons, Drugs, Medication, Narcotics, Alcoholic Beverages, Cameras, Radios, Tape Players, Cell Phones, MP3 Players, or Any Other Electronic items into the Monroe County Detention Facilities. This or any other unauthorized item is a violation of Florida Laws, as stated in Florida Statutes 944.43 and 944.47. Introduction of contraband into this facility is a Felony of the Third Degree (F.S.S. 951.22).
  • Visits can only be scheduled 12 hours prior to the appointment time or you can schedule visits up to two (2) week in advance.
  • Visits will last 30 minutes
  • Please be advised if an inmate is in ANY program (at court, Inmate workers duties, Attorney visits, Bible studies, Court ordered programs, Medical call and etc.), they are NOT eligible to receive the visit at that time. Please schedule your visits around the inmate's program schedule.
  • If an inmate/detainee is moved to a new location in or outside the facility, the scheduled video visitation will be cancelled. The visitor will have to reschedule the visit for another time that is available the following day.
  • Only 2 visitors will be allowed to visit onsite in any one session. 2 adults or 1 adult and1 child.
  • All visitors 18 years of age and older must register and possess a valid government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, State ID card, Passport or Military Issued ID.
  • All children must be accompanied by their legal guardian who must possess the child’s original birth certificate and/or guardianship paperwork.
  • No visits are allowed between an inmate and their victim or a witness to their crime. (Unless a court order clearing the person is presented to the visitation clerk before the scheduled visit.)
  • Visitors wishing to visit from home (offsite) must download the required software and test their connection and equipment. Visitors must go to icsolutions.com and click video visitation for instructions.
  • Visitors and inmates/detainees should log in and connect a few minutes before the scheduled visitation time.
  • Offsite visits are not allowed in bedrooms or bathrooms. If seen, your video visit will be suspended, with no refund.

Appropriate dress is required at all times, by Inmate/detainee and Visitor;

  • Inmates/detainees will be in full uniforms at all times with issued ID
  • Visitors must wear closed in shoes for onsite visits.
  • Skintight / Form-fitting clothes are not allowed.
  • Any clothing or other items displaying illegal drugs, weapons, gang-related symbols, themes or colors are prohibited.
  • Any clothing containing vulgar or objectionable language or images is prohibited.
  • Pajamas or Lingerie are not allowed
  • Hats, Bandanas, Scarfs. Wraps or Headgear of any kind and Sunglasses are not allowed during onsite.
  • Nudity and see-through clothing are not allowed.
  • Swimwear is not allowed
  • Jackets or Sweaters are not allowed during onsite visits
  • Tank tops are not allowed during onsite visits
  • Skirts or dresses that are above the knee in length are not allowed
  • Shorts must be worn at mid-thigh or below.
  • No cleavage showing, no bellies, bottoms and no provocative clothing allowed.
  • All pants will be worn at waist level. Showing of shorts, boxers, undergarments or bare midriffs in any way is not allowed.
  • Visitors and inmates/detainees should remain seated at all times during the visitation session onsite.
  • Visitors will not take pictures or videos of inmates/detainees when visiting offsite. IF seen the visitation privileges will be terminated.
  • Any inappropriate activity will result in the termination of your visitation session.

Visitors involved in the following will be placed on permanent/Banned visiting restrictions:

  • Visitors that create a disturbance or disruption of the visiting process.
  • Visitors performing any sexual acts
  • Visitors using or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Visitors that refuse to show sufficient identification.
  • Visitors that act in an inappropriate manner during their visitation.
  • The visitation schedule will be cancelled or altered on county appointed holidays or for safety/security reasons.
  • Staff can deny, change, or cancel a visit at any time at their discretion, due to security issues or violation of rules.
  • Bringing firearms, explosives, tools for escape, alcoholic beverages, narcotics or any controlled substances into this facility is a crime and may be cause for arrest. Introduction of contraband into this facility is a Felony of the Third Degree (F.S.S. 951.22).
  • Visitors are not allowed to bring keys, papers, pens, pencils, cameras, tape recorders, purses, bags, briefcases, wallets, cell phones, or any electronic device into the visitation area.
  • Lockers are available in the lobby to store items not allowed, for a quarter.
  • Each visitation session will show a timer to display elapsed time/time remaining for the visit.
  • After your visit has ended your connection will be terminated automatically.

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Facility Type

Monroe County FL - Stock Island Detention Center 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 Monroe 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.

Monroe County FL - Stock Island Detention Center 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 Monroe County FL - Stock Island Detention Center is located in Florida and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 305-293-7300 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Monroe 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 Monroe County FL - Stock Island Detention Center 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 Florida

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 Monroe County FL - Stock Island Detention Center 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 Monroe County FL - Stock Island Detention Center at 5501 College Rd, Key West, FL

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

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