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Pasco County Central Detention Center

County Jail

Last Updated: March 20, 2020
Address
20101 Central Blvd, Land of Lakes, FL 34637
Beds
1500
County
Pasco
Security Level
County - medium
Phone
813-235-6118
Email
sheriff@pascosheriff.com
Facility Type
Adult
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COVID-19: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Pasco Co Jail-Central is facing VISITATION SUSPENSION for the next 15-30 days. Please call 813-235-6118 for the most current visiting room updates and when visits will resume.

Pasco County Central 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: 813-235-6118

This facility is for adult inmates.

The Pasco County Central Detention Center is a medium-security detention center located at 20101 Central Blvd Land of Lakes, FL which is operated locally by the Pasco 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. Pasco County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Land of Lakes Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Security Services Division is the largest division within the Court Services Bureau. It includes Jail Operations and the Inmate Processing Sections. The Security Services Division is centralized in the Pasco County Detention Facility located in Land O’ Lakes. The facility’s main structure was built in 1991 as a direct supervision facility and provided additional housing for detainees. In 1991, the average daily inmate population, between Pasco County’s two Detention Facilities, was 465 inmates. Today, the Land O’ Lakes Facility houses all detainees. The average daily inmate population for April 2017 is 1,644 inmates.

  • Jail Operation Section.
    The Jail Operations Section encompasses the supervision of all adults, or adjudicated juveniles facing charges as adults, incarcerated in Pasco County. The jail population for the last quarter of 2016 reflects that 85.2% of inmates were awaiting trial or incarcerated for a felony offense. The Jail Operations Section is comprised of four platoons which operate on 12 hour shifts. Deputies assigned to housing units (pods) are responsible for the supervision of inmates in a direct supervision environment and may supervise up to 112 inmates, in general population housing units. Housing units containing juveniles, disciplinary inmates, inmates in segregation or medical inmates will receive supervision with a lesser ratio of inmates per each deputy. In addition to the four platoons the Jail Operations Section includes an Inner Perimeter Security Team which is responsible for handling emergency calls for service within the jail including responding to inmate fights, disciplinary problems, or medical emergencies. The Pasco Detention Facility has a rated bed capacity of 1,432, and as the population increases it becomes increasingly difficult to manage the inmate population, provide appropriate housing classifications of inmates, or segregate those who pose a threat to the security or orderly running of the facility.
  • Inmate Processing Section.
    The Inmate Processing Section is comprised of seven units including Intake/Release, Classification, Juvenile Assessment Center, Property/Cashier, Inmate Records, Sentencing and Sex Offender/Felon Registration.
  • Intake / Release.
    As the central booking location for all law enforcement agencies operating in Pasco County, the Intake/Release Unit is responsible for intake and release procedures of all individuals taken into custody. Intake procedures for each inmate include searches, medical screening, photographing, fingerprinting, DNA submission, computer entry of charges and demographics, paperwork distribution, and initial classification. Release procedures include final warrants checks, victim notification, computer entry, and if applicable, sex offender registration. In 2016, 30,942 intake and release procedures were conducted along with 212 critical incidents, including use of force, emergency restraint chair use, suicide attempts/gestures, medical, injuries, assaults, and introduction of contraband.
  • Classification.
    The Classification Unit is responsible for classifying inmates to ensure the safety and security of inmates, staff, and citizens. Inmate classification statuses may change due to criminal charges, behavior, or other issues. Classification is responsible for reviewing, validating and updating all reports generated on the inmate population, in order to ensure proper classification, housing, and handling. Classification is tasked with preparing, reviewing, and updating inmate classification statuses to present to the Re-Classification Committee and discuss at Intelligence-led Policing (ILP) Aim meetings. Classification identifies, reports, and distributes information on veteran inmates to the United States Veterans’ Services. They refer inmates with medical or mental health issues to medical/mental health staff. Classification reports identified gang members to the ILP Section and the gang liaison. They determine which inmates are eligible for worker status. Inmates with holds from other agencies/states, or the Department of Corrections, are identified and tracked. Juvenile inmates, and inmates that fall under the Jessica Lundsford Act or Anti Murder Act, are identified and reported to the Clerk of the Court and Judiciary. Inmates born outside the United States are identified, tracked, and reported to the Criminal Alien Assistance Program and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, to be submitted for grant funds. Classification assists in procedures for special handling of inmates such as risks, juveniles, administrative segregation, red dot, and protective custody inmates.
  • Inmate Records.
    Records is responsible for the contents, privacy, security, and preservation of inmate records for each inmate admitted to the detention facility. They are tasked with maintaining adequate supplies for the Classification Unit and submitting work orders for any machines or equipment that are not operating properly. The Records Clerks answer incoming calls for inmate records, fill record request, collect and report data to include Social Security disability information, inmate counts, monthly inmate statistics, and prepare victim letters.
    Juvenile Assessment Center. The Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) is a collaborative effort between the Pasco Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Juvenile Justice. It is a centralized processing facility for youth who are taken into custody by law enforcement. Youth are searched, booked, fingerprinted, photographed, DNA is submitted, and they are assessed for educational deficiencies, chemical dependencies, and family needs. These functions are partially funded through a contract with the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office recognizes the importance of providing help to inmates who need mental health support. Assistance is available to inmates in jail and upon their release. We offer services for anxiety and depression, assistance for abuse victims and survivors, counseling for effective communication, and special classes designed to meet the needs of our military veterans.

Our detention facility mental health personnel provide a variety of classes which inmates will receive a certificate upon completion. Anxiety Management is a class designed to assist an individual in understanding anxiety, recognizing symptoms, and practicing techniques to manage one’s anxiety. Another class we offer is Finally Free Meditation, which teaches the importance of self-worth as well as breathing and tapping techniques to sooth one’s anxiety.

We also recognize the need for abuse victims and survivors to receive counseling and assistance. Sunrise of Pasco County offers help to females abused by a spouse or another significant person. Trinity Outreach of Tampa Bay offers Emotional Healing, a class that provides the skills and encouragement necessary for letting go of past traumas and learning how to begin the healing process. Healthy Boundaries, also provided by Trinity Outreach of Tampa Bay, is a class that teaches participants how to recognize their own boundaries and how they can have others respect those boundaries.

Close relationships often affect one’s mental health and that is why we offer classes focused on connecting with others. Family Integrity Training is a Christian-based curriculum course focusing on changing thought patterns and enhancing decision-making skills. The curriculum for the class covers the following topics: Parenting 101, Godly Parenting, Insight, Free to Grow, Anger Dynamics, Anger Management, Dating and Marriage, Loss and Grief, and Financial Recovery. Anger Management, provided by Baycare Behavioral Health CHAT outreach program, is a class that provides skills utilized to cope with anger and teaches ways to create a positive thinking pattern. Breakthrough Parenting, also provided by Trinity Outreach of Tampa Bay, is a court-approved class that teaches participants how to become a better parent. In the class, participants understand the relationship between how they were raised and how this affects their parenting skills.

In addition to these programs and classes we also recognize the men and women who have served our country often have specific needs regarding mental health and assistance adjusting to life after their military service. Pasco Sheriff’s Office provides Veteran’s assistance counseling and referral services from St. Vincent de Paul and Boley Center. We offer Warrior’s Bond Classes which is a twelve week program addressing the following topics: Coping Skills, Relationships, Mindfulness Techniques, Psycho education, Seeking Services, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Trauma, Substance Abuse, Avoidance, Suicide Prevention, Empowerment and Mental Health. WestCare Veteran Education Program is specifically designed for military veterans, and promotes awareness of the culture of the military, impacts of deployment on service men and women, and the special needs of military families. The program consists of twelve stand-alone modules, covering topics including resources, mental health, employment and re-entry into civilian society. The classes offered to our inmates include discussions, motivational techniques, developing skill sets, audio therapy, and breathing exercise.

We aim to give inmates access to a variety of resources to help them succeed outside of jail with the goal to prevent re-entry into the criminal justice system. Many of these classes also are approved by the courts and provide certificates of completion. Our detention facility mental health personnel also assist with applications and referrals for post release care, if inmates choose. If you have any questions about these and the other programs and services offered to inmates please call 1-800-854-1862, extension 6302.

Inmate Locator

Pasco County Central 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

Pasco County Central Detention Center - Visitation

You can visit with an inmate via Video Visitation or Virtual Visitation:

  • Video Visitation is a video conference between the local Visitation Room Kiosk and the inmate.
  • Virtual Visitation is a two-way video conference between you and a remotely located inmate connected via the internet.

To access either method, you will need to create an account through HomeWav LLC.

Equipment needed to visit the inmate:

  • Computer with Windows Operating System
  • High speed Internet Browser & Adobe Flash Player
  • Speakers or Headphones
  • Camera and microphone

To create an Account:

  • Go to http://app.homewav.com/account/signup and fill in the required information.
  • Complete the Log in procedure as a new user.
  • Add funds to your account for a specific Inmate.
  • Wait for funds to clear & post to your account.
  • Accept incoming call from the facility.

Benefits:

  • Families stay connected. Visiting family members or friends is an important way to maintain connections during incarceration and enhance the inmate’s success both while incarcerated and after release.
  • THE HOMEWAV SYSTEM IS AS SIMPLE AS A PHONE CALL.
  • Inmates can visit their spouses, kids, parents, grandparents, and friends in a less traumatic and more natural environment. It can be comforting to see that their homes and families are OK. They can even see their pets.
  • The cost to visit is minimal when compared with travel expenses or taking time off from work. Generally the costs are comparable to making a collect telephone call from the facility.
  • There is NO MINIMUM CALL length. An inmate’s children can say goodnight, from the comfort of their own home, for the cost of a one minute visit.
  • Family and friends are spared the distress and difficulties involved with traveling and making visits in a jail or prison environment and can visit at more convenient hours. Family members from distant locations can now more easily visit their loved ones more frequently.
  • Provides and allows auto detection of incoming calls
  • Shows the name of incoming call
  • Provides confirmation as to whether Inmate is online
  • Allows a Visitor, who is approved and registered to login using a Username and Password, and connect from anywhere in the WORLD with High Speed Internet for a flat per minute fee
  • Provides and allows home user to add minutes to an individual inmate account in one minute increments
  • Provides the home user the option of accepting or refusing a video call

Local and Virtual Video Visitation Guidelines

  • There will be NO SCHEDULING for local visits; it will be a first-come, first-serve basis. After one 20 minute visit, visitors must allow other visitors the opportunity to visit before conducting a second visit.

The schedule for local virtual visits will be:

  • Monday 8:30-10:00am, 1:00-3:00pm
  • Tuesday 8:30-10:00am, 1:00-3:00pm
  • Wednesday 8:30-10:00am, 1:00-3:00pm, 6:30-10:30pm
  • Thursday 8:30-10:00am, 1:00-3:00pm

Offsite virtual visits:

Your friends and family can visit you via the internet using a computer, tablet, MacBook, iPad, smart phone (apps available for Apple and Android devices).
The cost of a visit is $.50 per minute. There is a $.50 fee for any purchase. A ten minute purchase would cost $5.00 plus $.50 for a total of $5.50. The minimum length of visit is 1 minute ($.50), which is collected when your call is connected. The maximum visit length is 20 minutes. All sales of minutes are final.

Refunds are subject to a $7.50 processing fee. Refunds are at the discretion of Home WAV.

SCHEDULE will be: 8:30-11:45am, 12:30-5:00pm and 6:30-10:45pm daily

Rules and Regulations for Local and Virtual Visits:

  • Visitors must conduct themselves in an orderly manner. Persons who are unruly and using obscene language will be asked to leave and the visit will be terminated.
  • Clothing must be conservative and NOT revealing. Nudity or any sexual acts are not permitted.
  • All visitors are subject to search.
  • Introduction of contraband into a correctional facility is a felony of the 3rd degree (F.S.951.22).
  • There will be no smoking in the Visitation Room.
  • Pictures of an inmate cannot be taken.
  • Visitors will be responsible for their children. If children become disruptive, the visitor will be asked to leave.
  • Minor children will not be left in the Lobby without adult supervision.
  • Local visitation is limited to 3 visitors at a time.
  • Visitors must place all property in the secured lockers provided in the lobby.
  • Inmates currently in a locked down housing unit which includes administrative, segregation, red dot, or disciplinary will only be authorized up to 2 hours (six 20 minute sessions) per week.

Note:

  • There are times when access to the facility will be denied for security reasons.
  • The above Rules and Regulations pertain to all visitors. Violators will be denied visitation.
  • The rules and regulations for visitation may be changed at any time for security purposes.
  • Local and virtual visits can be cancelled at any time based on security issues.

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Facility Type

Pasco County Central 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 Pasco 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.

Pasco County Central 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 Pasco County Central Detention Center is located in Florida and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 813-235-6118 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Pasco 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 Pasco County Central 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 Pasco County Central 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 Pasco County Central Detention Center at 20101 Central Blvd, Land of Lakes, 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

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

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