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WI DOC - Green Bay Correctional Institution (GBCI)

State Prison

Last Updated: March 25, 2020
2833 Riverside Dr, Green Bay, WI 54307-9033
Security Level
State - maximum
Facility Type
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WI DOC - Green Bay Correctional Institution (GBCI) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 920-432-4877

The inmates housed at Green Bay Correctional located at 2833 Riverside Dr in Green Bay, 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.

GBCI is a maximum-security state prison oversee by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections located in Brown County WI. This prison houses about 1,100 male inmates and is comprised of two 296 bed halls, two dormitories, a 150-bed segregation unit, a transition unit, and a 150-bed mainstream unit. The facility is secured by 6 armed guard towers, and razor wire fencing.

GBCI participates in the Badger State Industries and employs inmates in a textile factory that produces many of the linens and uniforms used within the Wisconsin prisons. The Institution offers vocational training in cabinetry, various construction disciplines, barbering, graphic arts, painting/refinishing, and masonry.

WI DOC - Green Bay Correctional Institution (GBCI) - Inmate Information
Mission statement

  • To ensure the safety of the public, our staff, and the offenders by operating a safe, secure and humane institution.
  • To provide the offenders with opportunities to participate in meaningful programs and activities.
  • To increase successful reintegration into the community by preparing and guiding offenders in making necessary life changes as well as helping with resources for essential reentry into society.

Educational classes at GBCI include adult basic education, literacy, GED classes, and college level correspondence courses. Additional programs offered to inmates include a re-entry program, parenting classes, and challenges and responsibility program. Inmates can receive treatment for alcohol and substance abuse issues, receive anger management counseling , and can receive sex offender treatments.


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
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.

Inmate Locator

WI DOC - Green Bay Correctional Institution (GBCI) 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 - Green Bay Correctional Institution (GBCI) - Visitation

Visiting Hours
Location of Visit - Visiting Room

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday NO VISITS ON WEDNESDAYS - 2:15 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday - 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Number & Length of Visits per Week - 3 Visits per Week (Monday – Sunday) Saturday and Sunday visits are limited to two hours, weekday visits three hours

Visit Status - *RESTRICTED
Location of Visit - No Contact Booths
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday NO VISITS ON WEDNESDAYS - 2:15 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday - 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Number & Length of Visits per Week - One visit of 1 hour – Monday – Friday One visits of 1 hour Saturday or Sunday

Location of Visit - Video Booths
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday NO VISITS ON WEDNESDAYS - By appointment only
Saturday and Sunday - 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Number & Length of Visits per Week - Dependent upon Internal Status-call to find out

All visits with an asterisk(s) require a pre-approved appointment for the visit. You must contact the institution 2 working days before you want to visit. Call between 8am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. For *Restricted Visits call (920)436-3224. For **Restrictive Housing Visits call (920)436-3262.
 For all statuses, except “Unrestricted,” the number of visitors per visit is limited to 2 visitors (including children).
 Unrestricted Status Inmates are allowed up to 7 visitors (including children).
 Visit Overcrowding – On some occasions, the Visits Officer may end your visit early (after a minimum of 1 hour has passed), in the event the Visiting Room is full and there are other visits waiting to get in.

Holiday Visits: Visiting periods available are 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Be aware Holiday Visits still count towards total (3) visits allowed per week. Special Needs Visiting Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1 pm to 4 pm, limit of 7 people If you require special accommodations because of a physical condition that prevents you from accessing the regular visitors area. A DOC-2424 Visitor Requesting Accommodations form needs to be filled out by your physician and returned to the Security Department for verification and approval. This form needs to be faxed from your physician’s office to 920-430-1694 and the original copy mailed to Green Bay Correctional Institution, Attention Security, PO Box 19033 Green Bay WI 54307. Once approved, you will need to contact the Security Department at least 2 days in advance to schedule a visit (920) 436-3270 or (920) 436-3224. Scheduling is subject to availably of the special needs area.

Visiting Guidelines
The following guidelines are established to provide information to the person intending to enter the Green Bay Correctional Institution in accordance with Wisconsin State Statute and Wisconsin Administrative Code, Chapter DOC 309. Location and Directions Green Bay Correctional Institution (GBCI) is located at 2833 Riverside Dr. (HWY 57), Allouez
Special Information
(1) Wisconsin State Statute 302.095(2), “Any…person who delivers or procures to be delivered or has in his or her possession with the intent to deliver to any inmate confined in a jail or prisons, or who deposits or conceals in or about a jail or prison, or with the precincts of a jail or prisons, or in any vehicle going into the premises belonging to a jail or prison, any article or thing whatever with intent that any inmate confined in the jail or prison shall obtain or receive same, or who receives from any inmate any article or thing whatever with intent to convey the same out of a jail or prison, contrary to the rules or regulations and without the knowledge or permission of the sheriff of the jail, in the case of a jail, or of the warden or superintendent of the prison, in the case of a prison, is guilty of a Class I felony.”
(2) Wisconsin State Statute 961.49, Offense involving intent to deliver or distribute a controlled substance on or near certain places, states, “…the delivery, distribution or possession takes place under any of the following circumstances, the maximum term of imprisonment prescribed by law for that crime may be increased by 5 years…while the person is in or on or otherwise within 1000 feet of a…correctional facility.”
(3) The Facility will take whatever actions are deemed necessary to prohibit the entrance of drugs and other contraband. Prosecution of individuals in violation the above state statutes will be pursued.
(4) GBCI is a tobacco free institution. No tobacco, tobacco products, matches, lighters, or other incendiary devices are allowed. No audio or video recording devices, including but not limited to cameras, dictation equipment, cell phones or pagers, are allowed.
(5) No persons or animals are permitted to be left unattended in vehicles. Arrival at Green Bay Correctional Institution
 Upon your arrival at the GBCI Lobby, you must fill out a Request to Visit Offender, DOC-176A. You will not be permitted to loiter in the Lobby Area, unless you are waiting to enter the institution.
 Only Nitroglycerin, inhalers and epi-pens will be allowed. Visitor must notify the Lobby Officer, and turn the medication in to the Visits Officer. Medication may only be used at the Visits Officer’s desk, in presence of Security Staff (Officers/Sergeants). Other medication must be pre-approved by a Security Supervisor.
 Visiting weeks begin on Monday. There are NO visits on Wednesdays. No visiting forms will be processed one hour before the end of visits. Visits may begin to fill out paperwork, but will not be processed until 2:15 p.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. weekends.
 Any portion of a visit is considered a full visit and will be deducted from the amount of visits allowed per week. Identification of Visitors Individuals age 16 and over must provide a Government Issued, valid photo identification
(1) State Driver’s License
(2) State Identification card (to include a valid Department of Transportation identification card)
(3) Passport or Visa
(4) Military Identification card
(5) Tribal Identification card (must have photo)
(6) Amish Visitors are referred to DAI Policy 309.06.01

Metal Detector
It is the visitor’s responsibility to successfully pass the metal detector within three attempts, or the visit will be denied. The metal detector is sensitive to all types of metals. In order to expedite the entrance process, visitors are cautioned and should avoid wearing excessive jewelry and clothing with metal attached or sewn.

Visitors will not be allowed to go into the bathroom to remove clothing items in order to pass the metal detector. Medical exemptions must be filed with the Institution, and approved, prior to visiting. DOC-2424 is the only accepted form. The form must be filled out by the visitor, and their medical professional. Once completed it must be faxed to (920) 430 -1694 or mailed to Security Director, P.O. Box 19033, Green Bay, WI, 54307-9033. The form must be detailed, explaining the location, type of medical device and whether or not it is permanent. After verification the Security Director will approve/disapprove, complete the DOC-2424, and distribute it. See DAI Policy 309.06.02,

Visitor Entrance – Special Needs for further information.

The following apparel is considered unacceptable for all visitors (men, women & children) and will result in denial of visits:
1. The following is considered unacceptable and shall result in denial of entrance to the facility:
a. Watches.
b. Transparent/translucent clothing.
c. Shorts that are shorter than fingertip length with the visitor standing with proper posture, arms straight down, fingers extended.
d. Skirts and dresses shorter than fingertip length plus three inches with the visitor standing with proper posture, arms straight down, fingers extended.
e. Tops and dresses that are strapless, tube or halter style.
f. Camisoles and tank tops are only permissible when worn under other attire.
g. Tops and dresses that expose the midriff (front and/or back).
h. Spandex or Spandex-like and Lycra or Lycra-like clothing. Tights or leggings of this material may be worn under attire of appropriate length as identified in this section.
i. Exposed undergarments.
j. Clothing with revealing holes, tears or slits.
k. Clothing or accessories with obscene or profane writing, images or pictures.
l. Gang-related clothing, headwear, shoes, logos or insignias.
m. Any clothing that may have the potential to cause undue attention.
2. Footwear shall be worn at all times.
3. Acceptable attire shall be worn at all times. 4. Internet “smart” technology and electronic recording equipment in any form is prohibited. Lobby and Visit Officers have the authority to use discretion regarding clothing and accessories.

Visiting Regulations
1. You may visit an inmate only if you are on his list of approved visitors. Each inmate is permitted to designate up to 12 adults. Minor children must also be listed on the inmate’s visiting list.
2. Children under the age of 18 must have written approval of a non-incarcerated custodial parent or legal guardian, or a court order directing the visit, and their names must appear on the approved visitors list.
3. An adult, who is on the approved visiting list, shall accompany any visitor who has not reached their 18th birthday, unless the visitor is the legal spouse of the inmate.
4. Failure to follow the entrance guidelines may result in denial of the visit. Failure to follow the visiting rules may result in the termination of the visit, and may also result in the termination or suspension of you visiting privileges by the Security Director.
Items Permitted in the Visiting Area
 Up to $20.00 in coins. Must be in a clear bag. No paper money (a change machine is available in the Lobby Area)
 Identification cards – must be locked in a locker in the Lobby area  Comb, Pick, or Hairbrush. No pointed tips.
 One coat, one pair of gloves (must be x-rayed)
 Headwear, so long as it doesn’t conceal identity (must be x-rayed)(Visitors who have religious headwear that conceals identity are required to allow institution staff to view their face(s) in order to verify the identification of the visitor, upon entry and exit of the institution. After identification, the visitor will be permitted to replace the facial covering. Special security precautions may be taken as authorized by the Security Director to effectively supervise the visit).
 Institutional Locker Key
 Up to 5 picture tokens
 If you have an infant/baby o A small infant seat (must be scanned/inspected thoroughly) 4 diapers, 2 baby blankets, small clear bag of wipes, 2 see through bottles or spill proof cups, 1 pacifier.
 Inhaler, nitro pills (no bottle), epi-pens (must be reported to Lobby Officer, and stay at the Visits Officer’s desk)
 Religious materials (restricted to verified Pastoral Visitors only)

Behavior in the Visiting Area
1. There shall be no loud talking or boisterous behavior in the visiting area.
2. Visitors are responsible for supervising children (under the age of 18) accompanying them on a visit at all times which includes to and from the restroom. Visits may be terminated due to unruly children or lack of supervision of the children by the inmate and/or adult visitors.
3. Visiting is a family activity and unrestrained or continued physical affection is not allowed. Kissing and embracing is only allowed at the beginning and end of your visit, with a 10-second limit. Unrestrained or inappropriate displays of affection may result in the termination of your visit.
4. Children of an inmate who are age 5 or under, may be permitted to be held and/or sit on the inmate’s lap, provided there are no risk factors as determined by the Institutional Staff.
5. Inmates are not permitted to handle money, tokens, or use the vending machines, or pass or exchange items during a visit.
6. Visitors are not allowed to leave the visiting area, except to use the designated restroom. If you exit the visiting room for any other reason, your visit will be considered complete.
7. Visitors and inmates must remain at their assigned tables. Inmates are not permitted to leave their assigned table with the exception of using the designated restroom. Requests for a specific table are not permitted. Combining visits is not permitted without prior verifiable approval. Chairs will not be moved. Inmates and visitors will sit across from each other.
8. Visitors and inmates must promptly leave the visiting area upon termination of the visit.
9. It is the visitors and inmates responsibility to know and obey all the rules provided, written, posted, or verbal direction by institution staff.
10. Hair styling of any kind is not permitted.
11. One of the conference rooms adjacent to the large visiting area is available, if a mother desire privacy for breastfeeding.
12. Leaning on the tables is not permitted by inmates or visitors (no elbows or forearms on tabletops). Hobby Craft Items – Art work, jewelry, etc. Items in the Hobby Case, located outside of the Visiting Room, are available for purchase.
The following guidelines are for purchasing those items.
1. See the Lobby Officer at least 15 minutes before the end of the visit period (8:45 p.m. weekdays & 3:15 p.m. weekends)
2. Your visit will be considered finished
3. Item(s) must be paid for with Cash only
4. No change is given, so be sure to have exact change Inmate Status: For visiting purposes, inmates are identified by their status
UNRESTRICTED: Inmates in General Population with no Visiting Restrictions
RESTRICTED: Inmates in General Population with a No Contact visiting restriction.
RESTRICTIVE HOUSING: Inmates in Temporary Lock Up (TLU), Adjustment/Program Segregation, Disciplinary Separation, Protective Confinement, or Administrative Confinement in Restrictive Housing or Treatment Center. DENIED: Inmates in a Controlled or Observation Status without the verifiable prior approval of the Warden

All visits with an asterisk(s) require a pre-approved appointment for the visit. You must contact the institution 2 working days before you want to visit. Call between 8am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. For *Restricted Visits call (920)436-3224. For **Restrictive Housing Visits call (920)436-3262.  For all statuses, except “Unrestricted,” the number of visitors per visit is limited to 2 visitors (including children).
 Unrestricted Status Inmates are allowed up to 7 visitors (including children).
 Visit Overcrowding – On some occasions, the Visits Officer may end your visit early (after a minimum of 1 hour has passed), in the event the Visiting Room is full and there are other visits waiting to get in. Holiday Visits: Visiting periods available are 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Be aware Holiday Visits still count towards total (3) visits allowed per week.

Special Needs Visiting Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1 pm to 4 pm, limit of 7 people If you require special accommodations because of a physical condition that prevents you from accessing the regular visitors area. A DOC-2424 Visitor Requesting Accommodations form needs to be filled out by your physician and returned to the Security Department for verification and approval. This form needs to be faxed from your physician’s office to 920-430-1694 and the original copy mailed to Green Bay Correctional Institution, Attention Security, PO Box 19033 Green Bay WI 54307. Once approved, you will need to contact the Security Department at least 2 days in advance to schedule a visit (920) 436-3270 or (920) 436-3224. Scheduling is subject to availably of the special needs area.

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Facility Type

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is responsible for the operation of WI DOC - Green Bay Correctional Institution (GBCI) 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 2833 Riverside Dr, Green Bay, WI located in Brown 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 920-432-4877 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 WI DOC - Green Bay Correctional Institution (GBCI) 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 - Green Bay Correctional Institution (GBCI) 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 - Green Bay Correctional Institution (GBCI) at 2833 Riverside Dr, Green Bay, 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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