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WI DOC - Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution (PDCI)

State Prison

Last Updated: April 07, 2020
500 E Parrish St, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821-6000
Security Level
State - low
Facility Type
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WI DOC - Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution (PDCI) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 608-326-7828

The inmates housed at Prairie du Chien Correctional located at 500 E Parrish St in Prairie du Chien, 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.

PDCI is a medium-security facility for adult male offenders. The basic vision and objectives of the institution are to protect the public, our staff and those in our charge; provide opportunities for positive change and success; promote, inform, and educate others about our programs and successes; and to partner and collaborate with community service providers and other criminal justice entities.

WI DOC - Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution - Inmate Information

Institution Information - The majority of PDCI’s buildings were originally constructed in the mid-1900s. The facility originally served as a Jesuit High School and later as a Lutheran Preparatory High School. The State of Wisconsin purchased the facility in 1995 to be used as a juvenile correctional institution for non-assaultive male youthful offenders within the Division of Juvenile Corrections (DJC). Due to a decrease in the juvenile offender population, the Legislature authorized the Department to temporally utilize the facility within the Division of Adult Institutions (DAI) in 1997. DJC subsequently contracted 302 beds at PDCI to DAI, allowing the facility to serve as a medium-security correctional institution for youthful offenders, ranging in age from 15 to 21 years, with adult sentences. PDCI began to operate in this capacity on July 3, 1997. On July 1, 2003, DAI permanently took over administration of the facility from DJC and the PDCI began housing adult inmates. The operating capacity increased to 424 as of August of 2003.

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 - Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution (PDCI) 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 - Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution - Visitation

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 5:00PM – 8:30PM
Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays: 10:30AM – 5:30PM 3 hour limit
Visits may be extended with the approval of the Security Director AND if the visiting area is not at full capacity; the inmate must submit a Special/ Extended Visit form at least one week prior to the visit. Inmates are permitted only 1 visit per day and 1 per weekend for a total of 4 visits per week. Recognized holidays: New Year’s Day*, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day*, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day*, New Year’s Eve. *If the holiday falls on a Sunday, visiting will be allowed on Monday.

There will be no admittance into the institution during count (12:30-1pm and 5:30-6pm) or ½ hour prior to the end of visiting hours.

Wisconsin State Statute 302.095 prohibits delivery of any article to an offender in a state prison, depositing or concealing an article within a state prison or its boundaries or receiving an article to convey out of the institution that is contrary to the rules or without the knowledge / permission of the Warden. Any person found in violation may be guilty of a class I felony.

In addition, Wisconsin State Statutes 961.49 and 961.495 prohibit the possession, delivery or distribution of a controlled substance on or within 1000 feet of a correctional facility. PDCI is committed to maintaining a drug-free institution and will actively investigate and prosecute any individuals bringing drugs into this facility. This facility will take whatever actions are deemed necessary to prohibit the entrance of drugs and other contraband. Anyone exhibiting signs of intoxication will not be allowed to enter PDCI.

1. Park in the lot on Parrish Street. Enter the facility through Building A (clearly marked).
2. No weapons, illegal drugs, or alcohol are allowed on state property.
3. Remove your keys and lock your vehicle. Windows must be shut, although in hot weather, windows may be left open no more than 1 inch.
4. Pets may not remain in an unattended vehicle on institution grounds.
5. No loitering in the parking lot area. No littering or horseplay.
6. Anyone denied entrance must leave state property immediately. No one may remain on state property to wait for other persons who are visiting.
7. Minor children may not be left unattended in the lobby or parking lot. An adult must accompany children leaving a visit.
8. Yelling, waving, sounding vehicle horns or blinking headlights to signal inmates is strictly prohibited.
9. No photos of the institution may be taken.
10. Disabled/stalled vehicles must be reported; vehicle must be attended to and/or removed as soon as possible. Vehicles left on state property for over 48 hours will be towed at the owner’s expense.
11. PDCI is a tobacco-free facility. Tobacco use is not allowed anywhere on state property including the parking lot. Visitors will be expected to extinguish cigars/cigarettes and halt other tobacco use before entering the lot.

You must be on the pre-approved visitor’s list to enter the institution. A maximum of 6 visitors will be allowed for a single visit (including children). Upon arrival, you will be asked to provide photo identification and will need to place it into a plastic sleeve that clips to your clothing; ID must be displayed during your visit. You must sign a Visitor Register. Your hand will be stamped and you will be required to show this stamp upon exit. Once you leave, you may not return that day. Cell phones, pagers, cameras or other electronic devices, personal watches, tobacco products, lighters, matches, pocketknives, and weapons are not allowed in the institution. Secured lockers are provided in the lobby for items that may not be carried into the institution (including wallet and keys). Individuals should demonstrate appropriate and courteous conduct and comply with all rules and instructions. PDCI Visitor Entrance Guidelines Revised 1/2017

IDENTIFICATION Individuals 16 years and older are required to provide photo identification (valid: driver’s license, DOT / military / tribal ID card, or passport/visa). An adult on the approved visitor list must accompany any person under the age of 18. Amish visitors who do not have a photo ID may contact the institution to arrange authorization.

METAL DETECTOR All visitors must pass through and clear the metal detector. In order to expedite the entrance process, please avoid wearing excessive jewelry or clothing with metal attached (i.e. large metal buckles, snaps, or buttons, bib overalls, underwire bras, etc.) Anyone wearing an underwire bra will be allowed to remove it in a changing area; the garment must be placed into a bag and will be visually inspected / scanned. Shoes may also need to be removed. After clearing the metal detector, the visitor will be allowed to replace the garment/shoes and proceed to the visiting area. It is the visitor’s responsibility to clear the metal detector. Visitors will be given three attempts to successfully pass through the metal detector. The Lobby staff will deny admission to those individuals who are not able to do so.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS Anyone requiring special accommodations for a visit due to a disability/special need (e.g. medical implants or appliances which do not allow one to clear the metal detector, wheelchair, walker, crutches, Bledsoe boot, brace, etc.) must submit a “Visitor Requesting Accommodation” form (DOC-2424); the form must be completed by a licensed physician and must be approved by PDCI Security Department prior to entrance. Once verified, the form will be maintained on file for future visits and can be accessed by all DAI institutions where you might visit. Visitors in wheelchairs must pass through the metal detector and transfer to an institution wheelchair, unless prior arrangements have been approved per the DOC-2424. Neither wheelchairs, nor carts will be provided by PDCI without prior authorization.

No paper money, cameras, purses, or diaper bags may be brought into the institution. Prescription medication (only that which is required during the visit) must be kept at the Visit Officer’s station. Prescription glasses for inmates (with the prior approval of the Health Services Unit) may be brought in on a visit and will be processed by the Lobby and Property staff. No other items may be brought for an inmate.

Photos may be taken during your visit; each photo is $2 and tokens are available in the lobby (you may not return to the lobby during your visit, so be sure to buy enough tokens prior to leaving the lobby). No food items may be brought into the institution; vending machines are available in the visiting room. Inmates are not allowed to handle money of any kind, but may receive food items purchased by visitors from the vending machines.

Only the following items may be brought in for your use while visiting (will be inspected thoroughly by lobby staff):
hat (may not conceal identity)
1 pacifier
2 plastic baby bottles
1 Comb/pick/brush
4 diapers
2 baby blankets
1 hand-held baby seat
Baby wipes (small amount in clear plastic bag)
$20 in change per person - change machine available in lobby (cannot return to lobby during visit)

The dress code has been developed to ensure a tasteful and wholesome family atmosphere in the visiting room at PDCI. The following apparel is considered inappropriate and will result in denial of entry into the institution:
1. Transparent / translucent clothing;
2. Shorts less than fingertip length (i.e. visitor standing naturally with arms straight down the side of the body and fingers extended);
3. Skirts or dresses less than fingertip length plus three inches (as stated in #2 above);
4. Tops or dresses which expose the midriff (front and/or back) or that are strapless, tube or halter style. Camisoles or tank tops are only permissible under other attire;
5. Spandex, Lycra, or other similar tight, body-hugging clothing (including athletic or stretch pants, tights, leggings unless worn under a top that is fingertip length or longer);
6. Exposed undergarments;
7. Clothing with revealing holes, slits, or tears. Low-cut blouses, shirts, and dresses (at the discretion of PDCI staff);
8. Clothing or accessories with obscene or profane writing, images, or pictures;
9. Gang or club-related clothing or insignia indicative of gang affiliation or use of alcohol or drugs. This includes, but is not limited to, jackets, shirts, and footwear bearing club logos;
10. Any clothing that may have the potential to cause undue attention.

Hats/headgear may not conceal identity; anyone who wears religious headwear which conceals identity must call the Security Program Assistant (ext. 2302) at least 24 hours in advance to make the necessary arrangements for a visit. Footwear and appropriate attire is required at all times during visits. All restrictions apply equally to men, women, and children; failure to comply will result in denial of entrance or removal from PDCI.

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Facility Type

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is responsible for the operation of WI DOC - Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution (PDCI) 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 500 E Parrish St, Prairie du Chien, WI located in Crawford 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 608-326-7828 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 - Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution (PDCI) located in Prairie du Chien, 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 - Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution (PDCI) 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 - Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution (PDCI) 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 - Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution (PDCI) at 500 E Parrish St, Prairie du Chien, 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

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