Sacramento County - Rio Cosumnes (RCCC)-female

County Jail

Last Updated: June 30, 2019
Address
12450 Bruceville Rd, Elk Grove, CA 95757
Beds
2000
County
Sacramento
Security Level
County - medium
Phone
916-874-1927
Facility Type
Adult
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Sacramento County - Rio Cosumnes (RCCC)-female basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 916-874-1927

This facility is for adult inmates.

The Sacramento County - Rio Cosumnes (RCCC)-female is a medium-security detention center located at 12450 Bruceville Rd Elk Grove, CA that is operated locally by the Sacramento Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Sacramento County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Elk Grove Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (RCCC) is the primary custody facility for female inmates sentenced to County Jail from the Sacramento County Courts. An increasing percentage of the inmates are pre-sentence detainees housed at RCCC to keep the population at the Main Jail below the limit set by Federal decree.
In addition, RCCC houses inmates en route to other jurisdictions, federal prisoners under a contract with the US Bureau of Prisons, and reciprocal prisoners from other counties. RCCC is the primary reception point for parole violators who are being held pending revocation hearings and the central transportation point for all defendants sentenced to State Prison. Classified as a Type II facility, RCCC accepts newly arrested persons booked by law enforcement agencies in the south part of Sacramento County.
A staff of over 180 Sheriff's Department employees provides supervision to all inmates to ensure they live in a safe, secure and healthy environment. Several support services activities augment the custody staff and provide needed services and programs for inmate housing.

Inmate Mail and Correspondence

The Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (RCCC) has strict mail procedures that must be followed for the safety and security of the facility, staff, and inmates. Due to the large population of inmates in custody, you must include the inmate’s X-Reference number and housing location on all items mailed to the RCCC. Please follow these rules to reduce delays and ensure the timely delivery of mail. The following is a sample of Unacceptable items which will be returned to the sender or confiscated:

  • Drugs, weapons, hazardous materials, etc.
  • Stationery, Stamps, Envelopes, Post-its, etc.
  • Publications that are held together by ordinary staples will not be rejected. However, staff may remove the staples before delivering the publications to the inmate.
  • Paperclips, metal, plastic, laminations, balloons, jewelry, etc.
  • Stickers, labels, tape, glue, or any adhesives on the inside or outside of the envelope/letter.
  • Musical cards, glitter, paint, string, etc.
  • Mail containing bubble wrap or plastic.
  • Padded Envelopes.
  • Polaroid photographs or photos larger than 4"x6". Inmates are not allowed to possess more than ten (10) photographs at any given time.
  • Photographs or pictures that are pornographic, nude, suggestive, showing gangs, gang tattoos, or hand gestures (signs) are not allowed.
  • Cash or Checks (Only money orders are accepted). Money orders must be completely filled out with the inmate’s full name, X-Reference number, housing location, and the purchaser’s full name and address.
  • Identification cards and phone cards are not allowed.
  • Mail that does not have a return address will be labeled “Dead Mail” and returned the USPS. Mail that does not have a complete return address (Nicknames or full name) will be returned to sender.
  • Do not draw on the envelope, neatly print all information.
  • Any items not listed which may compromise the security of the facility.

Books, Newspapers and Subscriptions:

RCCC will not accept books, newspapers or magazines mailed from a book store or an individual. Books, newspapers and magazines will ONLY be accepted directly from the publisher or through online services (Amazon, Barnes and Noble….etc.) on behalf of the inmate. All publishers must be verifiable. No Hardcover books are allowed to be sent to an inmate, only paperback books and magazines will be accepted.

  • No Hardcover Books/ Paperback only
  • Must be from the publisher, No book stores. (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, etc. are okay
  • Publications that are held together by ordinary staples will not be rejected. However, staff may remove the staples before delivering the publications to the inmate.
  • Books, Magazines and Newspapers that contain photographs or pictures that display drugs, pornography, nudity, suggestive, gangs, gang tattoos, or hand gestures (signs) are not allowed
  • No CD, DVD, or tapes allowed.
  • No food products, cosmetic items, board games, personal clothing, etc.
  • No stationary, note pads, envelopes, stamps, pens, pencils, etc. (These items may be purchased through commissary.)
  • Inmates are not allowed to possess more than five (5) books at any given time.
  • Any material that appears to be obscene or tends to incite murder, arson, riot, racism or otherwise compromises the security of the facility will not be accepted.
  • Any items not listed which may compromise the security of the facility.

If material sent from a publisher is rejected for delivery to an inmate, the publisher may appeal the decision to the Division Commander. The rejection will be final fifteen (15) days after the date of the notice sent to the publisher unless the publisher requests a review by the Jail Commander. The written request for review must be postmarked within fifteen (15) days of the notice and mailed to the Division Commander at the above address. The appeal must be in writing and should include the reason(s) for disagreeing with the mail rejection and any other pertinent information. The Jail Commander or designee will provide the publisher with a written decision within ten (10) days of the receipt of the request for review. The reviewer will not be involved in the original decision to reject the material.

ALL unacceptable or improperly addressed inmate mail will be returned to sender.
Inmate Releases:
If you are picking up an inmate on their scheduled release date you must report to the gatehouse between 4:30 and 5:00 AM. Inmates who do not have a ride will be transported by a Sheriff’s Department bus and released at the Main Jail located at 651 I Street, Downtown Sacramento. WE STRONGLY DISCOURAGE CITIZENS FROM OFFERING RIDES TO OTHER PERSONS BEING RELEASED FROM THIS FACILITY

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Inmate Locator

Sacramento County - Rio Cosumnes (RCCC)-female publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in California. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

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

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

Visitation Information

Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center - Visitation

Inmate Visit Registration and Information:

Dress Code: The dress code applies to ALL visitors. Visitors shall not wear any revealing clothing: Tube tops, see-through mesh materials, short skirts or shorts, micro mini skirts, tank tops with thin straps, backless or sleeveless tops, clothing that reveals the midriff or chest, or backless, sleeveless or bathing-suit style tops are not permitted. Clothing with logos that promote violence, hate, drug use, profanity, sex acts or gangs is not allowed. All visitors are required to wear footwear (shoes, sandals or boots) suitable for potentially uneven ground.

Required Visitor Identification:

All visitors over 18 years of age must present one form of picture identification as described below when registering to visit and whenever a uniformed officer requests to see it.

  • Valid Driver’s License or DMV Photo ID Card (any U.S. State) and Mexico
  • Military Identification
  • Valid Passport
  • Matricula Consular (MCAS), Mexican Identification Card

Other Visiting Requirements:

You and your vehicle are subject to search while on jail property. You will be searched (pat-down or metal detector) before you are allowed to visit. It is your responsibility to be free of any type of metal that will activate the metal detector. Activation of the metal detector may result in loss of visiting privileges.

No more than three (3) persons may visit an inmate at a time; this includes minor children.

Age Limits for Visitors:
Visitors must be at least 18 years old. Visitors that appear to be under 18 years will be asked for identification. Adults with minors must supervise them at all times and they may not visit someone else during the same visit time. A parent or legal guardian must provide proof of relationship for accompanying minors (birth certificate or guardianship papers). Only married emancipated minors are allowed and must show marriage certificate and proof of emancipation by presenting original court documentation.

You will only be allowed to bring one (1) car key or door remote, identification and money. Visitors with infants may also bring in a clear plastic bag containing one (1) infant feeding bottle, one (1) diaper, one (1) baby blanket and baby wipes. No diaper bags, food, strollers or car seats will be allowed.

No storage lockers are available at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center; personal property must be secured in the visitor’s vehicle.

Persons not permitted to visit:
Certain persons are not permitted to visit:

  • Any person released from the Main Jail or Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center within the last 30 days
  • Any person on parole from any state
  • Any person actively participating in a work release or work furlough program
  • Any person who has been previously convicted of a felony which resulted in confinement in any state prison. Such persons must obtain the prior consent of the Jail Commander or Watch Supervisor (PC 4571).

Visit Registration Times (Visits follow registration)

*** Visit Registration Closes Precisely At The Time Indicated ***

GENERAL POPULATION / SENTENCED COUNTY INMATES

Male, Honor Facility, Security, A, B, J, K Barracks, J&S (Judgment & Sentencing)

Female: Minimum and Medium Security ONLY (Golden Poppy, Camellia and Kinya)

Last Name Visit Day Registration Time Visitation Time A-B Saturday 7 AM – 8 AM 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM C-D Saturday 9 AM – 10 AM 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM E-G Saturday 11 AM – 12 Noon 12:30 PM -1:30 PM H-K Saturday 1 PM – 2 PM 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM L-M Sunday 7 AM – 8 AM 8:30 AM – 9:30AM N-R Sunday 9 AM – 10 AM 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM S-T Sunday 11 AM – 12 Noon 12:30 PM -1:30 PM U-Z Sunday 1 PM – 2 PM 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

COUNTY INMATE AND OTHER SPECIAL POPULATIONS

Protective Custody / Administrative Segregation Tuesday 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM (only) Gang Dropouts Tuesday 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM (only) FEMALE Maximum Security (Ramona) Last Names O-Z Tuesday 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM (only) Female Protective Custody Tuesday 10:30 AM – 11AM (only) ROC Program Participants Wednesday 12:30 PM - 1PM (only) Psych Housing / MHU Security Thursday 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM (only) Total Separations (TSEP) Friday 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM (only) FEMALE Maximum Security (Ramona) Last Names A-N Friday 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM (only) Female Total Separation(TSEP) Friday 10:30 AM - 11 AM (only)

PRE-TRIAL COUNTY INMATES AND GENERAL POPULATION ICE DETAINEES

Protective Custody Monday and Tuesday 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM (only) Southern Administrative Segregation Monday and Tuesday 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM (only) Special Management Unit (SMU)/Total Separation (TSEP) Wednesday and Friday 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM (only)

All Pre-Trial Inmates and ICE Detainees
Pre-Trial inmates are allowed two (2) visits per week on any two (2) days of the week, except Friday due to operational restrictions. Registration 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM (only)

Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (RCCC) - Friend and Family Visits

ICE Detainees NOT in Special Population

Pre-Trial inmates and Detainees are allowed two (2) visits per week on any two (2) days of the week, except Friday due to operational restrictions. Registration 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (only)

ICE Detainee Special Populations

Description Times Protective Custody/ Admin Segregation Mondays and Tuesdays 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Gang Dropouts Mondays and Tuesdays 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Psych Housing/MHU Security Mondays and Thursdays 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Total Separation (TSEP) Mondays and Fridays 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

To ensure adequate time to process visitors through security, all visitors must arrive 45 minutes prior to the scheduled visit time.

Adult visitors must present a valid, verifiable government-issued identification card to enter the facility.

Minors who are visiting the facility must be accompanied by an adult guardian (18 years or older). Minors must not be left unaccompanied in the waiting room, visiting room or any other area.

Attorney Visits

Legal representatives of detainees are authorized to visit their clients during the following hours:

Attorneys may see their clients at any time. They may show up at the facility for their visit or may schedule the visit in advance by faxing the request to (916) 874-1914.

A list of pro bono (free) legal organizations will be posted in all detainee housing units and other appropriate areas. This list shall be updated quarterly. If a detainee wishes to see a representative or paralegal from that organization, it is the detainee’s responsibility to contact them for an appointment.

Consular Visits

Consular officials may meet with their detained nationals at any time. It is requested that prior arrangements be made with the ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer to the extent possible, and that consular officials bring appropriate credentials when they come to the facility. The ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer for this facility can be reached at (916) 329-4300.

Clergy Visits

Clergy may visit detainees at any time, but must make prior arrangements with the Chaplain’s Office.

Visiting Restrictions

  1. All family or other social visits are non-contact.
  2. No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted in the facility.
  3. If visitors are or appear to be intoxicated, visitation will not be allowed.
  4. All visitors are subject to search while in the facility.
  5. Visitors are not allowed to pass or attempt to pass any items to detainees.
  6. Visitors are not allowed to carry any items into the visitation area.

Search Procedures (prior to or during all visitations)

All individuals requesting admittance to the facility or the visitation area are subject to a pat-down search of their person, an inspection of their belongings, and a metal scan search. Individuals refusing to cooperate with a reasonable search will not be admitted. No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted. No electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, radios, etc.) are permitted in the secure areas of this facility.

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Facility Type

Sacramento County - Rio Cosumnes (RCCC)-female 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 Sacramento 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.

Sacramento County - Rio Cosumnes (RCCC)-female 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 Sacramento County - Rio Cosumnes (RCCC)-female is located in California and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 916-874-1927 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Sacramento 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 Sacramento County - Rio Cosumnes (RCCC)-female that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in California

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

What is a Commissary?

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

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

How you send money to an inmate?

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

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who else can access the money you send?

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

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

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

Who can I call if I suspect something?

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

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

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

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

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

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

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

What is an Inmate trust account?

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

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at Sacramento County - Rio Cosumnes (RCCC)-female 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 Sacramento County - Rio Cosumnes (RCCC)-female at 12450 Bruceville Rd, Elk Grove, CA

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

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

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

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

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

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

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

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

Ask The Inmate

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