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Last Updated: June 06, 2020

MT DOC - Montana State Prison basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 406-846-1320

The inmates housed at Montana St Prison located at 400 Conley Lake Rd in Deer Lodge, MT 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.

Montana State Prison (MSP) is located in Deer Lodge Montana and is the largest correctional facility in the state, housing nearly 1,500 male inmates in a 68-acre compound designed to handle all custody levels. This facility is responsible for six custody levels, minimum I, minimum II, medium I, medium II, maximum and closed custody. Offenders are housed in one of three compounds depending on their security level. Inmates are secured by two fences and a large wall with razor wire. Montana State prison is also responsible for a 192-bed work and re-entry center that houses minimum custody inmates just outside the main perimeter fence. Inmates in this unit work on a ranch and dairy farm as part of the Montana Correctional Enterprises.

Montana State Prison and its staff of about 640 uniformed and non-uniformed employees serve the citizens of Montana by providing a secure correctional environment that supports public safety by encouraging positive offender change.

The prison is divided into three compounds: low side, high side and locked housing. Within those custody levels are different types of supervision. Inmates range from general and special management populations to those with serious mental illness and inmates housed for pre-hearing confinement, detention or those in locked housing due to ongoing or serious behavior management problems.

Montana State Prison uses a unit management structure that is ultimately managed by a warden, four associate wardens and three bureau chiefs. Outside the fenced perimeter is a 192-bed Work and Reentry Center, which houses minimum-custody inmates who work on the 35,000-acre ranch and dairy program operated by Montana Correctional Enterprises (MCE). Together, the prison and MCE provide work for about 70 percent of the inmate population, as well as education, treatment, programming, recreation, religious activities and clinical services to promote the development of self-esteem, an environment that fosters self-improvement and a work ethic that will serve inmates before and after their release.

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Montana St Prison Information

Address:

400 Conley Lake Rd, Deer Lodge, MT 59722

Phone:

406-846-1320

Email:

lkirkegard@mt.gov

Security Level:

State - medium

County:

Powell

Beds:

1495

FAX

406-846-2950

Facility Type

Adult

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MT DOC - Montana State Prison basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 406-846-1320

The inmates housed at Montana St Prison located at 400 Conley Lake Rd in Deer Lodge, MT 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.

Montana State Prison (MSP) is located in Deer Lodge Montana and is the largest correctional facility in the state, housing nearly 1,500 male inmates in a 68-acre compound designed to handle all custody levels. This facility is responsible for six custody levels, minimum I, minimum II, medium I, medium II, maximum and closed custody. Offenders are housed in one of three compounds depending on their security level. Inmates are secured by two fences and a large wall with razor wire. Montana State prison is also responsible for a 192-bed work and re-entry center that houses minimum custody inmates just outside the main perimeter fence. Inmates in this unit work on a ranch and dairy farm as part of the Montana Correctional Enterprises.

Montana State Prison and its staff of about 640 uniformed and non-uniformed employees serve the citizens of Montana by providing a secure correctional environment that supports public safety by encouraging positive offender change.

The prison is divided into three compounds: low side, high side and locked housing. Within those custody levels are different types of supervision. Inmates range from general and special management populations to those with serious mental illness and inmates housed for pre-hearing confinement, detention or those in locked housing due to ongoing or serious behavior management problems.

Montana State Prison uses a unit management structure that is ultimately managed by a warden, four associate wardens and three bureau chiefs. Outside the fenced perimeter is a 192-bed Work and Reentry Center, which houses minimum-custody inmates who work on the 35,000-acre ranch and dairy program operated by Montana Correctional Enterprises (MCE). Together, the prison and MCE provide work for about 70 percent of the inmate population, as well as education, treatment, programming, recreation, religious activities and clinical services to promote the development of self-esteem, an environment that fosters self-improvement and a work ethic that will serve inmates before and after their release.

Inmate Locator

MT DOC - Montana State Prison is a facility in the Montana 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.

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Visitation Information

MT DOC - Montana State Prison - Visitation

Who may visit

Approval process – Family and friends who wish to visit an inmate must first complete a visiting questionnaire and be added to the inmate’s approved visitor list.

  • The visiting form must be filled out completely and accurately.
  • Applicants 18 years and older must submit separate questionnaires.
  • Children less than 18 years of age must be included on the same questionnaire as their parent applicant or court-appointed legal guardian. The applicant must answer all questions for each person on the questionnaire. Once approved, the inmate’s children may visit if they are accompanied by any adult family member on the inmate’s visiting list.
  • Mail completed forms to:
    Mail Technicians
    400 Conley Lake Road
    Deer Lodge, MT 59722
  • All visitors are subject to criminal background checks.
  • Visitors may be on only one inmate’s visiting list at a time, unless an exception is granted because both inmates are members of the same immediate family.
  • Within 30 days of receiving a questionnaire, a staff member contacts the inmate in writing to let him know whether a prospective visitor’s application has been approved. A disapproved applicant may appeal the decision by:
    • filling out the appeal section on the disapproval form they receive from the inmate
    • mailing it to the second shift captain within 14 days of the postmark on the notice.
  • Approved visitors must notify MSP of any changes to their name or address. Visitors must notify MSP visiting staff of their updated information at their first visit following the change.

Conditions of visiting

Work crews – Inmates on work crews are expected to arrange their visits after work hours.

Number of visits – Inmates in the general prison population may have four visits each week.

Number of visitors – No more than five people (including children) may visit each inmate at one time. A visitor may visit no more than one inmate at a time unless the visitor has the prior approval of the second-shift captain.

Visiting room capacity – When a visiting room is at maximum capacity, no more visitors are allowed in.

  • As more visitors arrive at the Wallace Building, those in the visiting room are allowed one hour and then visits are terminated for local visitors (those within 45 minutes driving time of MSP).
  • If this fails to address the waiting list in the Wallace Building, ongoing visits for visitors from further away are terminated.
  • Visits will not be terminated less than one hour from the start of the visit because of the overcrowding of a visiting room.

Special visits

Special visits based on unusual circumstances may be approved for immediate family members traveling from other states who visit infrequently. Family members not yet on an inmate’s approved visiting list may be granted a single visit prior to approval, provided they have a photo I.D.

Legal Visits – Attorneys need to call the MSP mail room supervisor at (406) 846-1320, ext. 2258, 2503 or 2228 at least 24 hours in advance to arrange a visit and are expected to arrive on time or the visit may be denied due to institutional time constraints. Attorneys must present proper credentials, including photo identification, to entrance post staff. They are subject to search and all other Department of Corrections’ institutional rules and regulations.

Attorney visits are scheduled Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Every effort is made to have attorneys and their clients visit in a room/area that allows privacy. All reasonable precautions are taken to preserve the confidentiality of the attorney-client relationship.

  • Officers visually observe attorney visits, but attorney-client conversations are not recorded or listened to.
  • Attorneys and inmates may exchange written material without it being read.

Visits in the infirmary or hospital – Inmates admitted to the MSP infirmary or a hospital and considered to be in the late stages of the dying process may be allowed to visit with immediate family members or their attorneys at the visiting rooms, the infirmary, or the hospital where the inmate is staying. Arrangements for infirmary and hospital visits must be in writing from the shift commander.

Martz Diagnostic Intake Unit – Inmates are only allowed visits with their attorneys and law enforcement officials.

Inmates with visiting restrictions – Restrictions may be imposed on visiting if it is in the interest of visitor safety, the security of the prison or an inmate’s rehabilitation. Visiting restrictions may result from factors such as disciplinary actions, specific court orders dealing with incarceration, or behavior displayed while in visiting.

Entering and leaving the prison

  • Visitors are processed through the checkpoint post at the appropriate time and proceed to the Wallace Building parking lot.
  • If a visitor is escorted by a person(s) who isn’t visiting, the person(s) must leave prison grounds after dropping off the visitor. They are not allowed to wait for visitors in the lobby, parking lot or on prison grounds.
  • Motorhomes and tractors are allowed, but must be parked at the rear of the parking lot. Tractor-trailers are not allowed. If a visitor is towing a passenger vehicle behind a motorhome, they must leave the motorhome elsewhere and drive the passenger vehicle to the prison.
    • Any type of trailer that is typically pulled behind a passenger vehicle is not allowed to park in the prison parking lot, including U-Haul trailers, stock trailers, ATV trailers and campers.
  • Visiting staff issue each visitor a “Visitor ID Badge” at the visitor processing desk. Visitors must wear their issued badge as instructed at all times.
  • Visitors waiting to visit may not leave the lobby or visiting entrance until told to do so, and those on the same pass must remain together.
  • Visitors wishing to leave a visiting room may not leave until a departure is announced by prison visiting officers. The officer usually announces the departure 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time to allow the visitors to prepare to leave. Those visiting on the same pass must leave together.
  • Departing visitors are not permitted to wait an extended period for a ride. Therefore, they should make prior transportation arrangements in the event that their visit ends early or they are terminated from visiting. Visitors may be permitted to use the phone to make arrangements with local law enforcement for a ride.

What visitors can and can’t bring with them

Visitor searches – All visitors and visitor property on prison premises are subject to search at any time. If a visitor refuses to submit to a required or reasonable suspicion search, he or she will be turned away.

Service animals – Animals certified to assist handicapped visitors are allowed with the prior approval of the shift commander. Pets or livestock are not allowed on prison grounds.

Medical devices – Visitors with a medical condition, medical device or disability medical device on or in their body should check with their physician prior to visiting MSP to determine if it is safe to be searched with a handheld or walk-through metal detector. You should provide the documentation from a physician with the initial visiting application or prior to the date of visitation.

  • Visitors with proper documentation from their physician are subject only to a clothed body search.

Contraband – In accordance with state law, weapons, alcohol and narcotics are prohibited on MSP property. Depending on the nature of contraband found, staff may immediately contact the Powell County Sheriff’s office.

Use of tobacco products is not authorized on Montana State Prison property. Visitors must keep all tobacco products in their vehicle at all times.

Allowed items – Visitors are allowed to bring the following items. All other personal property items (including cell phones, chewing gum and cough drops) are to be left in the visitor's vehicle or in the visitor lockers provided. Montana State Prison is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

  • one clear Ziploc-type sandwich bag
  • two vehicle keys and a key fob on a bare ring (nothing else on the ring)
  • state- or federal-issued identification card with a physical description of the holder, a facial photograph and current mailing address
  • no more than $20 in pocket change or cash, with no bills larger than a $1 bill. Pocket change must be loose (no coins in rolls).
  • medical and handicap items:
    • On a case-by-case basis, prescription medication (inhalers and nitroglycerin) in the original container are allowed in a limited amount during the visitation period. These medications will be kept in a visitor locker and will be retrieved by visiting staff should the visitor need them during a visit.
    • Visitors who arrive with wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, etc. will not be permitted to bring them to the visiting rooms. Visiting staff will store the items in the visiting office after providing an MSP wheelchair.
  • Jewelry – Once a visitor has been cleared for entrance, he or she must wear any permitted jewelry items and may not remove them until they leave the facility.
    • one ring (wedding sets count as one ring)
    • one bracelet
    • one necklace
    • Jewelry items in body piercings are allowed as long as the items are visible to visiting officers. However, visitors are cautioned to refrain from wearing these items under their clothing as they may not clear the metal detection devices, and will necessitate an intrusive clothed body search to verify the source of the item causing the alert.
  • Visiting staff may allow visitors to bring in a limited number of checks (for endorsement by the inmate) or legal papers (to be reviewed and/or signed by the inmate). Visitors must take these documents with them when they leave the visiting room. They are not allowed to leave them with the inmates.

Allowed item for babies* – Visitors with small babies may bring:

  • one clear empty plastic bottle or “sippy” cup per baby
  • one factory-sealed container of baby food (spoons are provided in the visiting room)
  • baby formula – one clear Ziploc-type sandwich bag containing only the amount needed for the visit. Breast feeding is allowed with the use of an approved blanket.
  • one factory-sealed package of baby wipes
  • four diapers
  • one pacifier
  • one teething ring or toy – must be one piece, hard plastic.
  • two blankets, not quilted and no larger than 3' x 3'

*Baby carriers and diaper bags are not allowed.

Appropriate clothing and behavior

  • Visitors should review the Visitor Dress Code and Visiting Rules and Regulations online.
  • Staff, inmates and visitors may submit recommended revisions to this document through the second-shift captain.

Photographs

Inmates may have photographs taken of themselves or with their visitors in accordance with the following:

  • Each inmate is allowed to have two photographs taken per visit.
  • No hugging. Inmates and visitors are allowed to put their arms around one another (above shoulder). Their hands must be visible in the photograph.
  • No gang gestures.
  • No kissing.
  • Inmates may hold their children or have their children sit on their lap for photographs.
  • Visitors pay for the photos with the money they are allowed to bring into the visiting room. Only staff will handle these funds. Photos are $2 each.
  • Finished photos are forwarded to the housing unit for delivery to the inmate. Photos with questionable or improper content are not delivered and the purchaser’s money is not refunded.

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Facility Type

The Montana Department of Corrections is responsible for the operation of MT DOC - Montana State Prison 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 400 Conley Lake Rd, Deer Lodge, MT located in Powell 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 406-846-1320 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.

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Custody/Security Level

Montana St Prison is a state medium facility that resembles a high-security institution in many ways. They are designed primarily to house violent offenders with longer sentences (usually in the 20 -year range), and inmates who have exhibited violent tendencies and require segregation from the general population. Inmates live in single and double cells with all movement restricted. The property's perimeter is double-fenced with triple-razor wire fenced perimeters, perimeter patrol and electronic surveillance, medium institutions provide a higher level of security than low facilities but there are some similarities to the controlled movement system.

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.

How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a State - 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 MT DOC - Montana State Prison 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 Montana

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 MT DOC - Montana State Prison 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 & 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 magazine & books

Send magazines to MT DOC - Montana State Prison at 400 Conley Lake Rd, Deer Lodge, MT

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 Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a State - 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 MT DOC - Montana State Prison 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.

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How to Send an Inmate Money in Montana

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?

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

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.

This is how to send your inmate at MT DOC - Montana State Prison 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.

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.

Send magazines to MT DOC - Montana State Prison at 400 Conley Lake Rd, Deer Lodge, MT

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.

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