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WI DOC - Racine Correctional Institution (RCI)

State Prison

Last Updated: March 02, 2020
2019 Wisconsin St, Sturtevant, WI 53177-1829
Security Level
State - medium
Facility Type
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WI DOC - Racine Correctional Institution (RCI) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 262-886-3214

The inmates housed at Racine Correctional located at 2019 Wisconsin St in Sturtevant, 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.

WI DOC - Racine Correctional Institution - Inmate Information

The purpose of Racine Correctional Institution (RCI) is to give the men in our charge the ability to move forward from past poor decisions and behaviors that not only negatively impacted their lives, but the lives of others as well. This will be accomplished by providing inmates with a safe and secure environment, in addition to opportunities to affect positive change in their lives through programming and education that will prepare them for return to society.

Racine Correctional Institution is a medium custody prison located in Sturtevant Wisconsin, that opened in 1991. Originally this facility served as a prep school until it ran into funding issues and closed in 1983. The facility was converted in the '90s to house 1,021 inmates. Today, Racine Correctional Institution houses about 1,600 adult male offenders. This facility is also responsible for running the Sturtevant Transitional Facility which houses mainly adult male parole and probation offenders, and inmates who are in the work release program. Racine Correctional Institution provides necessary medical, dental and mental health treatment to all offenders, and give inmates access to psychiatric appointments that can be scheduled through the health services unit staff. Programs offered at this prison include:

  • Anger management
  • Cognitive group intervention program
  • A three tosix month domestic violence program
  • Sex offender treatment
  • Cage your rage
  • Assertiveness Skills
  • Coping Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • GED courses

Institution Information

RCI officially opened its doors on May 6, 1991. A portion of the facility includes the former St. Bonaventure Prep School, which was founded in Pulaski in 1901. At that time, the school operated with the goal of preparing Polish youth for the priesthood. The Franciscans who ran the school sought a location that would draw more students from the larger Polish populations of Milwaukee and Chicago, so, in 1921, the facility was moved to Sturtevant. As the years passed and interest in priesthood decreased, the school's focus changed to the preparation of young men for college. Due to financial difficulties, Bonaventure permanently closed its doors in 1983. The Racine Correctional Institution, a medium-security facility for adult males, was dedicated on that site in April of 1991.

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.

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 - Racine Correctional Institution (RCI) 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 - Racine Correctional Institution - Visitation

• There will be no visiting on Institution Training Days, which are: The first non-holiday Monday of each month, as well as the third Thursday during the months of September through May.
• Gatehouse Closed Times: The gatehouse will be closed at the following times every day: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm & 4:10 pm-5:00 pm. Visitors must have cleared the metal detector by these times.
• Visitors must arrive to the gatehouse before 5:50 pm. Visitors must be processed in before 6:00 pm.

General Population: Inmates may have visits during the following times:
Monday through Friday: 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays: 8:00 am-7:00 pm and only one (1) visit per inmate.

Restrictive Status Housing: Inmates may have visits during the following times:
Monday through Friday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. You must arrive no later than 10:30 am.
Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. You must arrive no later than 2:30 pm and only one (1) visit per inmate.

General Population Visits Per Week : 3 (3 hours each)
Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Sat/Sun & Holidays 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Waukesha Unit - TLU Visits Per Week: 3 (1 hour each)
Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Sat/Sun & Holidays 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Waukesha Unit - Program Visits Per Week : 1 - (1 hour each)
Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Sat/Sun & Holidays 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Waukesha Unit - Program 2 Visits Per Week : 2 (1 hour each)
Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Sat/Sun & Holidays 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Waukesha Unit - Program 3 Visits Per Week : 2 ( 1½ hours each)
Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Sat/Sun & Holidays 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Administrative Confinement Visits Per Week : 2 (1½ hours each)
Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Sat/Sun & Holidays 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Visitors must be approved prior to entering the institution. Inmate visiting is on an even or odd policy. If the inmate’s institution number ends in an odd number, his visitors can visit on odd numbered days and even numbers on even numbered days. Inmates may have only ONE visit in a single day. The visiting week starts on Wednesday and ends on Tuesday. Quarter return lockers are provided in the lobby for your use. • Weekday visits are limited to three hours. • Saturday, Sunday, and holiday visits are limited to two hours. • Visiting hours may be shortened if problems arise with the amount of space available for the number of visits. • During counts, no visitors will be allowed to enter or leave the institution. • Upon entering the institution, ALL visitors will be screened by the gatehouse staff. • All visitors to the institution will have their hand stamped. • All items brought into the institution by inmate visitors will be screened. • Everyone on the visit slip must enter and exit the institution at the same time. • Persons not authorized to visit an inmate cannot remain on the state property. They must leave the institution vicinity. Persons failing to comply with this expectation will be reported to the local police. • NO CELL PHONES ALLOWED IN THE GATEHOUSE! THEY MUST BE LOCKED IN YOUR CAR!

VISITING LISTS Inmates may request that a potential visitor be added to their approved visitor’s list. This will be completed prior to the visitor’s entrance to the institution. In most cases, a prospective visitor must complete and return a questionnaire before visiting status is granted. Each person placed on the visiting list must remain on the list for six months from the date of approval, before he/she can be removed at the inmate’s request. Inmates will be permitted to have twelve adult visitors on their list, regardless of their relationship. Children of the inmate, or of the approved visitors, who are under the age of eighteen must visit with an adult from the approved visitor’s list. Minor children will not be counted against the twelve visitors permitted on the list. The maximum number of persons permitted on a visit is six adults and their minor children, not to exceed a total of twelve. IDENTIFICATION All adult visitors, including minors age 16 or older, must provide a current form of identification. There will be no exceptions for expired ID’s. The only acceptable forms of identification include: • Valid State driver’s license RCI Visitor Information – January 2017 2 • Valid Passport or visa • Valid Department of Transportation ID • Valid military ID • Valid tribal ID (if it provides photo) Amish visitors who do not possess photo identification as a requirement of their religion shall: a. Provide the facility with a signed and notarized affidavit from their Bishop. The affidavit shall include the physical description of each proposed visitor. b. The facility shall retain the original affidavit and place a copy in the respective inmate’s Visitor Information file. The visitor(s) shall retain a copy of the affidavit and shall produce it upon arrival to the facility as a means of identification. c. Information regarding no photo identification shall be entered into the “Relatives/Associates” screen in WICS.

1. No food items may be carried into the institution. There are vending machines available in the visiting area. Institution personnel do not make change; change machines are provided.
2. Visits will take place at designated tables. In warm weather, visits are permitted in the outside visiting area. This must be requested prior to the start of the visit.
3. During outside visiting, no blankets will be allowed, nor will inmates or visitors be allowed to sit on the ground.
4. Purses are not permitted into the institution and must be checked in the lockers provided in the gatehouse. (We recommend that purses and valuables be locked in your car). Coats may be worn from the gatehouse to the visiting room. Lockers are coin return operated and you need to use a quarter to lock them. A $15.00 lost key fee is enforced.
5. Money cannot be brought into the institution for the purpose of giving it to an inmate. Money for inmates must be mailed in certified check or money order only, to the appropriate address (see “RCI Mailing Addresses” section).
6. In the event that a visitor arrives with an inhaler, epi pen, nitro pills or any other medication that is medically necessary to carry with them and that may be needed during the course of the visit, they will be placed in an envelope and taken up with the visitor. The visitor is to give the medication to the officer in the visiting room to hold for them during the visit. No other medications are allowed on a visit! 6. Cameras are not permitted.
7. Drugs, alcohol, and weapons are not permitted on state property or in the institution. Violators will be subject to prosecution.
8. Pets are not permitted, unless medically necessary.
9. Games are not to be brought into the institution.
10. Inmates are responsible for the behavior of their visitors.
11. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children. Children should not be left unattended at any time. An adult must accompany any child leaving the visiting area; this includes being accompanied to the restroom.
12. Excessive displays of affection are not permitted. You may embrace and exchange a short kiss at the start and end of your visit only.
13. Hands must remain visible at all times.
14. Visitors may not make contact with or talk with any inmates near the fence area.
15. A maximum of five (5) photographs may be taken during each visit.
16. The only items that may be brought in by visitors, for inmates, are musical instruments and accessories (only with written approval of recreation staff). Items will be given to the gatehouse officer for later processing by the property department.
17. Failure to comply with visiting rules may lead to termination of visits.

The following items are allowed to be brought into facilities by inmate visitors, should they pass inspection:
A.Loose coins not to exceed $20.00 (no paper money).
B. Comb, pick or brush, limited to one for each visitor.
C. One (1) coat and one (1) pair of gloves for each visitor.
D. Headwear (provided it does not conceal identity).
E. One (1) facility locker key.
F. Up to two (2) baby blankets for each child.
G. One (1) pacifier for each child.
H. Up to four (4) diapers for each child. Diaper bags are not allowed.
I. Diaper wipes. Shall be kept in a clear plastic bag.
J. Two Plastic Baby Bottles (pre-mixed).
K. Sippi Cup (empty) plastic.
L. One (1) hand-held baby seat for each child (non-tubular).

Restrictive Status Housing: No personal items are allowed into the institution for Restrictive Housing visits. No car seats or carriers allowed. Locker key only. Only three (3) bodies allowed on a visit.

Attorney Visits: A briefcase containing only material pertinent to the inmate’s case may be brought into the institution. Nothing may be left behind.

Visiting areas are designed to cultivate a “family” atmosphere for family and friends of all ages. Visitors should dress and act accordingly. Footwear and acceptable attire must be worn at all times.

A. Watches.
B. Transparent / translucent clothing.
C. Shorts that are shorter than fingertip length with the visitor standing with proper posture, arms straight down with 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. Tops and dresses that expose the midriff (front and/or back).
G. Camisoles and tank tops are only permissible when worn under other attire.
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 that are above fingertip length for pants, and above fingertip length plus three inches for skirts and dresses.
K. Clothing or accessories with obscene or profane writing, images or pictures.
L. Bib overalls or clothing with excessive metal.
M. Gang-related clothing, headwear, shoes, logos or insignias.
N. Any clothing that may have the potential to cause a disruption.

Visitors wearing all green and/or orange clothing may be subject to questioning for proper identification prior to entering/exiting the institution. Visitors are therefore strongly encouraged to refrain from wearing these colors.

All visitors will be required to clear a very sensitive metal detector, so dress appropriately. If for some medical reason you are not able to clear the metal detector, you must obtain a note from your doctor explaining the procedure performed and the reason for not being able to clear the metal detector. This is to be sent in to the institution (on the doctor’s letterhead) to the attention of the Security Director. Be sure to include the name of the inmate you will be visiting. It will then be verified with your doctor, which will allow us to be able to use the hand scanner to process you in to visit. The note must be mailed in and approved prior to your coming in to visit.

It is the responsibility of the person wishing to enter the institution to take the necessary steps to enable him/herself to pass through the metal detector. Persons will have a maximum of three tries to pass through the metal detector. The officer will instruct you as to removal of required items, such as coats, hats, any kind of hairpins, hair clips, or barrettes. (These must be removed prior to passing through the metal detector so that the staff member can inspect them for contraband). This is done for your safety and ours. In order to ensure the safety and security of this institution, all persons wishing to enter the institution, with the exception of Department of Corrections employees, law enforcement and certain Department of Justice staff, are required to clear the metal detector.

OFFICIAL VISITS Public officials, attorneys licensed to practice in Wisconsin, clergy, and others in performance of professional duties shall be permitted to visit on weekdays during regular business hours (8:00 am to 4:30 pm), unless otherwise approved by the Warden or designee. These visits must be set up at least 24 hours in advance. They will be private, but under staff observation. Attorney visits should be arranged between the attorney and the Records Department at ext. 1212. Clergy visits will be arranged with the chaplain.

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Facility Type

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is responsible for the operation of WI DOC - Racine Correctional Institution (RCI) 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 2019 Wisconsin St, Sturtevant, WI located in Racine 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 262-886-3214 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

Racine Correctional is a state medium facility that resembles a high-security institution in many ways. They are designed primarily to house violent offenders with longer sentences (usually in the 20 -year range), and inmates who have exhibited violent tendencies and require segregation from the general population. Inmates live in single and double cells with all movement restricted. The property's perimeter is double-fenced with triple-razor wire fenced perimeters, perimeter patrol and electronic surveillance, medium institutions provide a higher level of security than low facilities but there are some similarities to the controlled movement system.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a State - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about WI DOC - Racine Correctional Institution (RCI) 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 - Racine Correctional Institution (RCI) 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 - Racine Correctional Institution (RCI) at 2019 Wisconsin St, Sturtevant, 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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