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WI DOC - Drug Abuse Correctional Center (DACC)

State Prison

Last Updated: November 08, 2019
Address
4280 N Sherman Rd PO Box 36, Winnebago, WI 54985-0036
Beds
220
County
Winnebago
Security Level
State - low
Phone
920-236-2700
Phone Carrier
Fax
920-426-5601
Facility Type
Adult
Satellite View of WI DOC - Drug Abuse Correctional Center (DACC)

WI DOC - Drug Abuse Correctional Center (DACC) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 920-236-2700

The inmates housed at Drug Abuse Correctional Center located at 4280 N Sherman Rd PO Box 36 in Winnebago, WI 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.

Information about the Drug Abuse Correctional Center

The Drug Abuse Correctional Center (DACC) is located north of Oshkosh in Winnebago. The current population capacity is 300 male inmates with 220 beds designated for treatment. Population capacity allows for inmate transition into the program and for those who have completed the program and are awaiting release to community supervision. Seventy permanent staff (34 security and 41 non-security) members provide supervision and programs to the inmates, and urinalysis lab services for the DOC.
DACC strives to teach inmates to be responsible citizens by learning to make responsible choices. The ability to make those kinds of choices are interfered by the abuse of alcohol and drugs. Learning to live a responsible life requires at times the learning and relearning of cognitive and behavioral processes. DACC provides a place for inmates to practice those skills in a safe non-disruptive environment. All treatment programming is provided by certified/licensed social workers who have additional alcohol and drug counseling credential.
Programs offered at DACC
Earned Release Program
The Earned Release Program began in March, 2004. The program is six months in length, abstinence based, and includes structured weekly activity including a minimum of 35 hours of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) related treatment provided in a group setting of 10 to 12 offenders and one social worker. Treatment approaches/modalities are Cognitive-Behavioral Approach. Components include communication and social skills training, rational behavior training, AODA education, AODA dependency, AODA relapse prevention, corrective thinking, grief and anger management, stress and relaxation coping techniques, domestic violence education, victim impact, employment readiness, and re-entry initiatives.
A major emphasis of the program is community reentry with the Division of Community Corrections agent involved from the first month of the program continuing with increasing involvement in release planning including aftercare, residence, support services, and employment. Each inmate prepares a release plan that is reviewed by staff. Upon completion of the program, the sentencing court is notified and modifies the sentence to release on extended supervision. Support groups are available both on and off site.
All inmates at DACC are required to fully participate in both program and work-related activities, and are required to be actively involved from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and until 6:00 p.m. on Fridays, excluding holidays. A major emphasis of the program is community reentry. Inmates work extensively with their respective probation and parole agent, especially when focused on release planning needs, such as aftercare, residence needs, support services, and employment. Each inmate prepares a release plan that is reviewed and approved by staff. The sentencing court is notified upon an inmate’s completion of the program, at which time the sentence is modified to allow release on Extended Supervision. DACC also provides a variety of staff and volunteer facilitated support groups.
Operating While Impaired Earned Release Program
This is a six month treatment program implemented in October 2000, for inmates convicted of operating a vehicle while impaired, 5th offense, under Wisconsin statutes s. 346.63 (1) (a), with the fifth conviction after Jan. 1, 1999. The OWI program is a research-based program, with on-going data collection, funded partially by a Byrne Law Enforcement Grant. Its mission is to enhance safety in the community by providing a continuum of abstinence based substance abuse treatment services specific to the need of the repeat OWI offender. The intensive treatment program includes a minimum of 35 hours of weekly AODA related treatment provided in a group setting of 10 to 12 inmates and one social worker. Program components include AODA education, relapse prevention, dependency and addiction, modification of high risk and thrill-seeking behaviors, rational behavior training, responsible decision making, restorative justice components, and re-entry initiatives. Support groups are available both on and off site.
Restorative justice
DACC embraces the concepts of Restorative Justice, restoring wholeness to the community impacted by crime, which may include community service. Social services staff teach Restorative Justice concepts and develop a community service project to involve inmates in each treatment group within each program unit. DACC inmates provide community service work for many non-profit community based organizations. Additionally, the inmates have served as speakers in presentations about chemical abuse prevention.
Community Enhancement

DACC embraces the concept of restorative justice—restoring wholeness to the community impacted by crime—which may include community service activities. DACC inmates provide community service work for many non-profit, community-based organizations. Additionally, DACC inmates often serve as speakers in presentations about criminality and substance abuse for various schools, colleges, universities, church groups, and other community and organizations.

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The “lifecycle” of an inmate’s incarceration is comprised of three basic components, beginning at intake and continuing through their release into the community.
Reception, Orientation and Assessment
Dodge Correctional Institution (male) and Taycheedah Correctional Institution (female) function as the primary reception or intake sites within the adult prison system. During the intake processes, inmates will be oriented regarding numerous matters, such as:
• Security expectations - institution rules, movement, property regulations, and other safety issues.
• Daily living expectations - hygiene, meals, housekeeping, mail, phone calls, and visiting.
• Business matters - inmate accounts, restitution and other legal obligations, canteen, legal loans, and money transactions.
A primary function of intake is Assessment and Evaluation. Inmates are evaluated by Health Services, Psychological Services, and Classification. This process takes approximately eight weeks. At the conclusion, an Initial Classification staffing is conducted. This staffing determines inmate custody, program assignments, and recommended site placements. After the staffing decision is approved, if a site other than the intake site is selected, inmate transfer will occur as soon as space is available at the receiving site.

Options and Opportunities During Incarceration
When an inmate arrives at his or her assigned facility, they are provided with information about programs available to them while incarcerated.
Aside from primary education, treatment and skills training programs, many other activities are available to inmates during incarceration. These vary by facility and may include:
• Community Service
• Parenting
• Vermaculture
• Dog Training
• Recovery Support Groups
• Veterans Assistance
• Gardening
• Recreation
• Visiting
• Hobby/Craft Activities
• Religious Study & Services
• Work Assignments
• Music
• Restorative Justice
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The DOC is a "Local Education Agency," which can be defined as a public authority legally recognized as an administrative agency for public elementary or secondary education. Within the DOC, the Division of Adult Institutions offers Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Career Technical Education (CTE/Vocational) programs at 18 correctional institutions and nine correctional centers for eligible inmates who are identified as having an academic or vocational need.

The ABE program includes General Education Development (GED); High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED); and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. The CTE/Vocational Program includes 23 vocational areas of study, with 13 possible apprenticeship opportunities. As of July 2016, the DOC has added post-secondary educational opportunities for associate and bachelor degree programs, in collaboration with the state's technical college system and four-year colleges and universities. For more information on ABE and CTE/Vocational programs, please see Opportunities and Options Resource Guide, which is available in both English and Spanish.

Screenings and assessments intended to evaluate an inmate’s educational literacy levels and needs are completed as part of DAI’s overall Assessment and Evaluation for Primary Education.
Adult Basic Education (ABE) Programs
• English as a Second Language
• General Education Development (GED)
• High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED)
Career Technical Education (CTE)/Vocational Programs
• Auto Maintenance
• Barbering and Cosmetology
• Braille Transcription
• Building Maintenance and Construction
• Cabinetry and Cabinet Making
• Commercial Bakery
• Computer-Assisted Drafting
• Computer Help Desk
• Computer Literacy
• Computer Numerical Controls
• Culinary Arts and Food Service
• Custodial Services
• Industrial Maintenance Mechanics
• Horticulture
• Institution Food Production
• Machine Tool Operations
• Masonry
• Motorcycle, Marine, and Outdoor Products
• Multi-Operational Aide
• Office Assistant/Aide
• Office Software Applications
• Printing
• Welding

Preparing for Release
The overall goal of pre-release planning is to assist inmates in their preparation for returning to their communities by:
• Providing individualized release planning with an assigned social worker, in connection with an assigned DCC probation and parole agent.
• Encouraging and establishing positive contact with family and/or other support systems to initiate, maintain, and finalize release planning.
• Establishing appropriate post-release residency and treatment plans, as needed.
• Offering options for post-release employment and/or educational opportunities.
• Providing referrals and resources for assistance throughout the pre-release process.
• Encouraging participants to take personal responsibility for his/her actions now and in the future.

Electronic messages can be sent to and from DOC inmates through the CorrLinks system, sometimes also referred to as the kiosk. Inmates must initiate the contact by adding the friend or family member to their contact list. An auto-generated request that includes the inmate name and DOC number is then sent by CorrLinks to the friend/family member’s email address.
To accept the request, click the link in the email to be taken to the CorrLinks website where you can create an account at no cost. Any individual who receives a contact request or message from an inmate can also choose not to accept, not to respond, or may block a request, which prevents the inmate from contacting you further.
The cost to send an electronic message is $0.05 per message. Messages stay within the CorrLinks system and will not be sent to your personal email account; you will need to log in to CorrLinks each time you wish to send/receive a message. CorrLinks is similar to an email service and is not “instant messaging.” All messages are reviewed by staff for appropriateness.
It is important to note that not all facilities are able to offer inmates the same frequency of access to kiosks. An inmate at a correctional center likely has more frequent access to a kiosk than an inmate at a maximum security facility.
Visit the CorrLinks website for more information. From the website, you can register for a new account, log in, or block an inmate-initiated request. You can also view terms and conditions, FAQs, or reach customer support.

Inmate Locator

WI DOC - Drug Abuse Correctional Center (DACC) is a facility in the Wisconsin 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

WI DOC - Drug Abuse Correctional Center - Visitation

Visiting Hours
Wednesday: 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday\Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Holiday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

DACC recognizes the following holidays for visiting purposes:
New Year’s Day January 1
Martin Luther King Day 3rd Monday in January
Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Independence Day July 4th
Labor Day
First Monday in September
Thanksgiving Day Last Thursday in November
Christmas Eve December 24th
Christmas Day December 25th
New Year’s Eve December 31st
Entrance Requirements
1. All visitors must be on the approved visiting list. Any person(s) not allowed to visit shall not wait in the lobby or parking lot areas and are required to leave state property.
2. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is on the approved visiting list, unless the minor visitor is the spouse of the inmate. 3. Identification
A. All visitors age sixteen (16) or older must provide photo identification.
B. Acceptable forms of identification are:
1. Valid State driver’s license
2. Valid passport or visa
3. Valid Department of Transportation ID
4. Valid military ID
5. Valid tribal photo ID (if it provides).
C. Amish visitors who do not possess photo identification must provide a signed and notarized affidavit form their Bishop. The affidavit must include a physical description of the proposed visitor.
4. Upon arriving at DACC, visitors must complete form DOC-176 Request to Visit Inmate. The sergeant on duty will review the completed DOC-176 for compliance with DACC policies and procedures and issue an approval or denial.

General Visiting Rules
1. Any abuse of visiting policies and procedures, either by inmates or visitors, may result in termination of the visit and suspension of future visits.
2. Inmates are responsible for informing their visitors of all visiting rules. The inmate is responsible for the actions of his visitors.
3. Visiting hours may be shortened due to space availability but all efforts will be made to accommodate all visitors. Generally, a “first visitor in, first visitor out” rule applies.
4. Visits must be processed no fewer than 30 minutes before the end of visiting hours.
5. Approved visitors must check in at the officer’s station. Seating will be assigned by visiting room staff. Inmates Updated: October 2016 Page 5 of 9 must also check in at the officer’s station before the start and at the end of their visit.
6. Neither inmates nor their visitors are permitted to change from their assigned seats.
7. If a visitor has waited more than 15 minutes for an inmate to arrive to the visiting room, staff may call the unit to inquire about the delay.
8. Visitors may not exit the visiting area and return once a visit commences.
9. Inmates are not allowed to leave the visiting room for any reason while on a visit.
10. The maximum number of visitors allowed per visit is ten (10). Five of which may be children seventeen years of age or younger. More than five minors may be allowed if all are the inmate’s biological or adopted children.
11. Visitors may visit with more than one inmate on the same day, should space permit, but may not visit with more than one inmate at the same time without prior approval.
12. Visiting with another inmate’s visitors is not allowed.
13. Inmates and visitors are not permitted to pass any items during visitation, with the exception of DACC-provided games and materials or vending machine products.
14. Inmates are required to sit directly across the table from their wife, girlfriend, fiancé or significant other.
15. Inmates and their visitors will be allowed to embrace/ kiss at the beginning and end of their visit.
16. Physical contact during a visit, other than holding hands, is not permitted. Indiscreet, inappropriate, or unauthorized conduct will lead to individual disciplinary action and may include the removal of visiting privileges.
17. Inmates and visitors must keep both hands above the table at all times.
18. Visitors are responsible for making sure children are not disruptive in the visiting room.
19. Visitors must change their child’s diapers in the restroom. Inmates may not change diapers, take children into restrooms, or interact disruptively with children.
20. Breastfeeding is permitted in the visiting room within the provided privacy area.
21. Visitors are required to use the designated bathroom in the visiting area.
22. Inmates may not enter visitor bathrooms for any reason. Inmates may only use inmate bathrooms and only with permission of staff.
23. The laps of inmates or visitors may not be covered at any time during the visit.
24. Abuse of the vending machines will not be tolerated.
25. Only visitors may purchase items from the vending machines. Inmates are not permitted to handle money at any time.
26. All food items from the vending machine must be consumed during the visit.
27. The use of offensive, loud, or vulgar language will result in the termination of your visit.
28. Hair combing or braiding is not permitted by anyone, at any time, during visitation.

Allowed Visitor Property
1. All packages and containers will be checked by security staff.
2. Visitors may not bring in any food, beverages or smoking materials.
3. Personal property, beyond the items outlined below, is not allowed inside the facility. This includes cellular phones, pagers, PDAs and cameras.
4. The following items are allowed to be brought into DACC by inmate visitors, should they pass inspection and are the only items allowed:
A. Money, not to exceed $15.00 per visitor.
B. One (1) comb, pick or brush per visitor.
C. Up to two (2) baby blankets for each child.
D. Up to four (4) diapers for each child. Diaper bags are not allowed.
E. Up to two (2) plastic baby bottles for each child.
F. One (1) hand-held baby seat for each child.
G. Diaper wipes must be kept in a clear plastic bag.
H. One (1) pacifier for each child.
I. One (1) coat and one (1) pair of gloves for each visitor.
J. Headwear (provided it does not conceal identity).
K. One (1) DACC locker key, if lockers are available.
5. Visitors are permitted to bring in medically necessary medications, such as but not limited to, inhalers, nitro pills (individual pills only, not bottles), Epi-pens, etc. These items must be shown to the visiting room Sergeant prior to and at the end of each visit.

Visitor Attire
1. Acceptable attire, including footwear, must be worn at all times.
2. The following clothing is considered unacceptable and will result in denial of entrance to DACC:
A. Transparent/translucent clothing.
B. Shorts that are shorter than fingertip length with the visitor standing with proper posture, arms straight down, fingers extended.
C. Skirts and dresses shorter than fingertip length plus three inches with the visitor standing with proper posture, arms straight down, fingers extended.
D. Strapless, tube and halter tops and dresses.
E. Tops and dresses that expose the midriff (front and/or back).
F. Spandex or Spandex-like and Lycra or Lycra-like clothing.
G. Exposed underwear.
H. Clothing with revealing holes, tears, or slits.
I. Clothing or accessories with obscene or profane writing, images or pictures.
J. Gang-related clothing, headwear, shoes, logos or insignias.
K. Any clothing that may have the potential to cause a disruption.

Money/Property for Inmates
1. Absolutely no money or property can be brought in for inmates on a visit. No money or other personal items will be accepted for inmates by facility staff or allowed to be left in the visiting area.
2. All money orders must be mailed to the WCCS Business Office and labeled with the inmate name, number, and facility. Wisconsin Correctional Center System Business Office PO Box 7959 Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7959

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Facility Type

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is responsible for the operation of WI DOC - Drug Abuse Correctional Center (DACC) 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 4280 N Sherman Rd PO Box 36, Winnebago, WI located in Winnebago 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 920-236-2700 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

The WI DOC - Drug Abuse Correctional Center (DACC) located in Winnebago, WI and is classified as low-security prison within the Wisconsin Department of Corrections system. It is comprised of secure dormitories that provide housing for up to 50 inmates each. Each dormitory contains a group toilet and shower area as well as sinks. Inmates sleep in a military-style double bunk and have an adjacent metal locker for storage of uniforms, undergarments, shoes, etc. Each dormitory is locked at night with a correctional officer (CO) providing direct supervision of the inmates and the sleeping area. Inmates held at this custody level may still pose a lower risk to security than medium, but they have demonstrated a willingness to comply with institutional rules and regulations.

The prison usually has a double fence perimeter with armed roving patrols. There are less supervision and control over the internal movement of inmates than in a close security prison. Selected low custody inmates are worked outside of the prison under armed supervision of trained COs. These inmate work assignments support prison farm operations or highway maintenance for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Each low-security prison typically has a single cell unit for the punishment of inmates who violate prison rules called the SHU or "the hole".

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a State - low 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 WI DOC - Drug Abuse Correctional Center (DACC) 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 Wisconsin

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 WI DOC - Drug Abuse Correctional Center (DACC) 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 WI DOC - Drug Abuse Correctional Center (DACC) at 4280 N Sherman Rd PO Box 36, Winnebago, WI

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

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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