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TN DOC - Tennessee Prison for Women (TPFW)

State Prison

Last Updated: May 31, 2020
Address
3881 Stewarts Ln, Nashville, TN 37218-3302
Beds
760
County
Davidson
Security Level
State - maximum
Phone
615-741-1255
Facility Type
Adult
Satellite View of TN DOC - Tennessee Prison for Women (TPFW)

TN DOC - Tennessee Prison for Women (TPFW) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 615-741-1255

The inmates housed at TN DOC - TPFW located at 3881 Stewarts Ln in Nashville, TN 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.

TPFW is a mixed custody state prison that houses adult females convicted to serve time in the TN DOC. This facility is designated as a maximum-security prison, but holds all custody levels including inmates on work release and women who are on death row. Tennessee Prison for Women is also responsible for the intake and classification of all female inmates in the state. During this process, offenders are fingerprinted, photographed and a complete medical and criminal history is taken. Offenders are also given several exams to determine the programs and facility that will best accommodate their needs and security level. Tennessee Prison for Women offers a work-release program to eligible offenders who close to their release date. The work-release program allows the inmate to leave the facility during the day to attend a job and return to the institution at the end of their shift. This allows the inmate to experience more responsibility and prepare financially for release. Tennessee Prison for Women has several alcohol and substance abuse treatment programs available. Inmates can also take educational classes to earn a GED and vocational courses in cosmetology, culinary arts, computers, and various construction trades. One of the more unique programs at Tennessee Prison for Women is the weekend child visitation program which allows the offender to have up to two of their children stay the weekend with them.

TN DOC - Tennessee Prison for Women (TPFW) - FAQ

TPFW offers academic courses that include Adult Basic Education, GED and Special Education. Vocational classes include computer application and literacy, cosmetology, construction and culinary arts.
TRICOR provides job opportunities for both the main prison and the annex.
Offenders also have access to a full range of psychological and treatment programs which include substance use, anger management, pre-release and career management success. TPFW offers a 64-bed intensive drug-alcohol treatment program called the Correctional Recovery Academy, which is operated by Spectrum Health Systems. TPFW also operates a 40-bed job readiness/life skills therapeutic transitional program for called Fast Track.
Telephone credits can be purchased in "whole" dollar amounts only. The minimum telephone credit purchase amount is $5.00.
TPFW offers a weekend child visitation program which has received national recognition. The program includes grandmothers as well as mothers.

Inmate Locator

TN DOC - Tennessee Prison for Women (TPFW) is a facility in the Tennessee 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

TN DOC - Tennessee Prison for Women (TPFW) - Visitation

VISITATION SCHEDULE

  • FRIDAY: Visitation will open at 5:00 p.m. The cut off time for a visitor to sign in is 8:00 p.m. (visitors must be here before 8:00 p.m.).
    • Visitation is closed at 8:30 p.m. Only inmates that are unable to visit on Saturday or Sunday will be allowed to visit on Friday Evening.
  • SATURDAY: Visitation will open at 8:30 a.m. (Visitors are not admitted until 8:30 a.m.)
    • Visitation will close at 3:30 p.m. The cutoff time for a visitor to sign-in is at 3:00 p.m.
  • SUNDAY: Visitation will open at 8:30 a.m. (Visitors are not admitted until 8:30 a.m.)
    • Visitation will close at 3:30 p.m. The cutoff time for a visitor to sign-in is at 3:00 p.m.

NOTE: Checkpoint will open for the processing of visitation; at the following times on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors are not allowed to be at checkpoint other than times listed below.

  • 8:30 a.m. thru 10:00 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m. thru 1:30 p,m,
  • 2:30 p.m. thru 3:00 p. m.

Please keep in mind that a visitor must be here before the cut off time.

Friday Evenings

  • Main Compound - 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Annex Compound - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Unit 3 None

Saturday and Sunday

  • Main Compound - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Annex Compound - 8:30 pm -3:30 pm
  • Unit 3 - 8:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Holidays

  • Main Compound 8:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Annex Compund - 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Unit 3 - 8:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Visitors who are denied admittance to the institution must leave state property immediately. No one is allowed to sit in automobiles on institutional grounds or in reception/checkpoint areas. All visitors must leave state property promptly after visitation hours are over.

There will be no movement between 1:45 pm. -2:15 p.m. A courtesy "call- out" announcement will be made at 1:30 p.m. for those that wish to leave. At 1:45 p.m., everyone will be required to remain in their respective visitation area until 2: 15 p.m.

During an institutional emergency, visitation may be canceled as deemed appropriate by the warden/designee.

NUMBER OF VISITORS ALLOWED - No more than four adults will be allowed per offender. Children under eighteen years of age may visit if they are accompanied by their parent, legal guardian, or guardian who is also on the inmates approved visiting list.

There will be no limit on children under the age of eighteen years of age provided that they are accompanied by their parent, legal guardian, or guardian who is also on the inmates approved visiting list. The escort must be on the notarized parental consent form. The only exception is if a visitor is under the age of eighteen (18) and legally married to the inmate they are visiting. Proof of marriage will be required.

Identification is not required for children under the age of 16 yews of 0.ge: however, a visitation application CR-2152 with a recent picture must be on file. The custodial parent or legal guardian must provide a completed and notarized Parental Consent/Release for Minor's Visitation Form (CR-2152, page 2). Which designates permission for the assigned visitors (as guardians) to accompany the child to visit and consent for the child to be searched.

ACCESS TO THE VISITATION AREA - All visitors will park in any available parking spot, except spots that are reserved for individuals. All automobiles parked on state property must be secured by rolling up all windows and locking all doors.

Neither the Tennessee Prison for Women nor the Tennessee Department of Correction will be responsible for visitor's automobiles or items/property left in a visitor's car. Parking is at the visitor's own risk. TPFW is not and will not be responsible for any vandalism or theft to the personal property of the visitor's vehicle.

Handicapped parking spaces are available for disabled visitors. The spaces are identified with a handicapped placard.

All visitors will need to proceed to the checkpoint area to be processed for visitation. Please note the times the checkpoint is open for processing in the Visitation Section of this handbook.

Upon reporting to the checkpoint area for processing, be prepared to give the visitation officer/checkpoint officer the inmate's full name and the inmates TDOC number.

The visitor will need to sign in the visitation ledger and provide acceptable identification at the checkpoint.

Upon completion of the identification/approval process, visitors will be issued a visitor identification tag. The tag is to be worn at all times on the outside of the visitors clothing. The visitor's left hand will be stamped with incandescent ink.

No items are allowed to be brought in for an inmate during visitation. Note: This does not include authorized picnic items.

All visitors for inmates housed at the Annex are to report to the checkpoint at the main compound to be processed in before going to the Annex to visit.

Visitors shall not be allowed to bring any items into the visitation area except:

1. ID (Government-issued photo)
2. One (1) car key (the one that opens the door). No electronic door controls are allowed unless it is part of the key.
3. Eyeglasses
4. Vending machine card (no wallet(s) or money)
5. Watch (1)
6. Wedding ring(s) and other ring (1)
7. Earring (s)
8. Baby items (2 diapers, baby wipes in clear plastic container, 1 clear plastic baby feeding bottle, powder baby formula or approved food in a clear plastic bag, not to exceed amount for two (2) feedings)
NOTE: Vending machine debit cards are required if you desire to purchase anything from the vending machines. You purchase the debit card for $5.00, which credits $3.00 to the card. After the card is purchased additional money can be added in increments of $1.00 up to $20.00 (bills only, no change). TPFW is not responsible for items or money lost in the vending machines. No inmate is permitted to have a vending machine debit card in her possession. This includes holding or using the card while in the visitation area.

The visitation officers are not allowed to accept or hold any unauthorized items. All items must be returned to the visitor's car. No items are allowed to be left at checkpoint by a visitor.

All visitors must clear the metal detector search. Anyone failing to clear a walk through the metal detector will be subjected to a closer screening by a handheld metal detector. Failure to pass the localized search will require the individual to produce or otherwise identify the item causing the metal detector to react.

All visitors will be frisk searched. All searches will be in accordance with TDOC policy 506.06.

Upon leaving the visitation gallery, all visitors will sign out of the visitation ledger and return the visitor identification tag.

Inmates who are transient status shall not be allowed any visitation for two weeks (attorneys and clergy are exempt). The Warden may allow special visits at the end of the two weeks, for immediate family members only.

VISITING IN MAIN VISITATION- GALLER. Y AND AT THE ANNEX
Visitors will be allowed a minimum of two (2) hours to visit within the scheduled visitation time. Once the visitation area is full, additional visitors will not be allowed access until those in the area have had at leas two (2) hours to visit. At that point, if visitors have
visited two (2) hours or more that visit will be terminated to allow someone else in to visit.
VISITING IN UNIT III - All inmates visiting in Unit III visitation area will have a Non-Contact visit that will be limited to one (1) hour. Only four (4) visitors total are allowed to visit. No more than three (3) inmates will be allowed to visit in this area per each officer available to monitor this visitation area.

CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA AND RULES - A Children's play area is located in the main and annex compound visitation lobbies. Parents/guardians are expected to stay with their children at all times.

MAIN COMPOUND
RESTROOMS - Visitors may utilize restrooms marked "VISITOR ONLY" in the visitation gallery. Offenders may, one at a time, utilize the restroom marked "INMATE ONLY" in the visitation gallery. Small children must be accompanied into the restroom by the visitor that brought chem. At no time are any inmates allowed to accompany anyone to the restroom.

ANNEX - Visitors are to utilize the restroom located in the P-Building (bldg. 12). Small children are to be escorted to the restroom by the visitor bringing the child. When on the picnic area visitors/inmates will have access to port-o-johns marked.
Note: Only one person is allowed in the restroom at a time. At no time are any inmates allowed to accompany anyone to the restroom.

DRESS CODE - Persons entering The Tennessee Prison for Women Facility should dress comfortably and in casual attire; however, they shall be expected to comply with the following basic dress requirements.

Clothing shall fit in an appropriate manner. Clothing appearing to be too large or ·oo small for the wearer, which creates obvious gaps or exposure, or would present a hazard to the wearer will not be allowed.

  • Visitors must wear undergarments. (Samples of undergarments deemed inappropriate are thongs and water brassieres.) Underwear must not be exposed.
  • Appropriate footwear to provide basic foot protection shall be required while on institutional grounds. Open toe shoes or sandals are permitted. Steel-toed shoes, shower shoes and flip-flops, are prohibited.
  • Shorts or skirts are permitted provided the leg is covered to within three inches above the knee in a standing position with the garment worn in the position in which it is intended to be worn. No wrap around skirts or swimwear.
  • No garments manufactured from spandex or spandex-type fabrics.
  • No clothing that is transparent or translucent in nature.
  • No sleeveless shirts and blouses.
  • No dresses or clothing exposing a bare chest or midriff
  • No camouflage attire.
  • No worn or tattered clothing with holes.
  • No clothing with logos that contain pictures, slogans, or vulgarity, or contain signs or symbols of security threat groups (STG), or any clothing determined by the processing officer to be associated with any STG.
  • The association may be made by color combination, design, or logos, affixed to the clothing, or the manner in which the clothing is worn.
  • Splits in dresses or skirts that extend three inches above the knee, or slits, which cause the entire dress or skirt to be above three inches above the knee, will not be permitted.
  • No bandanas.
  • Visitors may not wear excessive clothing such as two pairs of pants or an extra shirt under their top layer of clothing. This is necessary to prohibit the exchange of clothing between inmates and visitors.
  • No unauthorized clothing item may be concealed beneath another item of clothing.
  • Prostheses, artificial 1imbs (plastic or other substances), and cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators shall be allowed and the visitor may be required to present a current doctor's note.
  • Handicapped visitors may bring their wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc. All items will be subject to search.
  • No medications will be permitted inside the institution, except nitroglycerin and asthma inhalers.
  • No hats are to be taken into the visitation gallery unless it is religious headgear. Hats can be worn on the picnic area only. Hats are to be worn with the bill to the front.
  • No sunglasses or shades unless prescription.

No jogging or sweat pants tliat button above the knee are allowed. Visitors are required to wear their identification cards a-: a:l times.
Inmate Dress
TDOC uniforms (blue shirts and pants) are the only clothing inmates will be allowed to wear to access the visitation area.

Only plain white T-shirts may be worn under the TDOC blue shirt. No grey t-shirts, thermal top or thermal bottoms are not to be ·worn to visitation.

No part of the TDOC uniform may be removed at any time during visitation. Inmates will not be allowed to bring coats into the visitation picnic area.
The white TDOC stripe must be clearly visible on the TDOC pants and no bleached out pants/shirts will be allowed.

All clothing must be in good repair with no holes, patches, or altern.ticns. All pants must be worn around the waist.

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Facility Type

The Tennessee Department of Corrections is responsible for the operation of TN DOC - Tennessee Prison for Women (TPFW) 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 3881 Stewarts Ln, Nashville, TN located in Davidson 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 615-741-1255 for information), a store (the commissary), housing (cells), medical care (infirmary), library (law, education and lending), civic organizations (clubs), worship (chapel), a park (the recreation yard), a cafeteria (chow hall), police (correctional staff), a jail (disciplinary segregation unit, the SHU, the hole), laws (administrative rules), judges (hearings officers), and the inmates all have a job that keeps the institution operational.

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

Custody/Security Level

State maximum facilities are high-security institutions designed primarily to house violent offenders with longer sentences, and a history of violence and creating problems for the staff. High-security facilities are also referred to as penitentiaries. These prisons are usually behind heavy-duty perimeters, including high, thick walls and reinforced fences. There are cameras situated throughout the buildings for close monitoring of inmate actions. Inmates secured in high-security facilities are not allowed to work out in the field in any community programs.

Housing consists of single and double cells with very limited movement. The cells are self-contained built for 23 hours per day detainment, one-hour for recreation and fresh air. All perimeters are triple-fenced with extensive electronic surveillance. They have no opportunity to socialize with other inmates. They are considered to be the most dangerous of all the incarcerated population.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a State - maximum 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 TN DOC - Tennessee Prison for Women (TPFW) 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 Tennessee

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 TN DOC - Tennessee Prison for Women (TPFW) 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 TN DOC - Tennessee Prison for Women (TPFW) at 3881 Stewarts Ln, Nashville, TN

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 $5.00, 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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