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COMMONLY REQUESTED INFORMATION & RESOURCES FROM THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS

If you would like to locate a federal inmate, obtain information on mail, visiting or other institution-specific policies and procedures, please explore the below resources for assistance.

FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS
https://www.bop.gov

 

LOCATE AN INMATE

https://www.bop.gov/inmateloc/

Sometimes an inmate may be moved to a different facility so that they can benefits from unique programs offered at that institution. They might also be moved to receive treatment for a medical condition or for security concerns. Therefore, prior to sending an inmate books, magazines, money or mail, you should use the Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator (https://www.bop.gov/inmateloc/) to determine where the inmate is currently located.

 

COMMUNITY TIES
https://www.bop.gov/inmates/communications.jsp

Studies show that when inmates maintain relationships with friends and family, it greatly reduces the risk they will recidivate.

Phone Calls
The Federal Bureau of Prisons extends telephone privileges to inmates to help them maintain ties with their family and other community contacts.

E-Mail
Electronic messaging has become a standard form of communication within most American homes and businesses, and it can now be used to help inmates stay connected to their families. The Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System (TRULINCS) application enables electronic messages to be exchanged between inmates and the general public in a secure manner.

Sending Mail
The Federal Bureau of Prisons encourages inmates to write to family, friends, and other community contacts to maintain these ties during incarceration.

Sending Packages
Inmates are not allowed to receive packages from home without prior written approval from the inmate's unit team or authorized staff member at the institution. The only packages an inmate may receive from home are those containing release clothing and authorized medical devices. However, inmates may receive magazines, hard and paperback books directly from a publisher.

 

SENDING MONEY

The following three methods (MoneyGram, Western Union and United States Postal Service) apply to inmates held at a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility. If the inmate is at a private contract facility, please contact that facility or contract operator directly for instructions on how to send funds.

If you have questions about a specific deposit, please contact Federal Bureau of Prisons staff directly at 202.307.2712 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (EST).

MoneyGram (Electronically)

Sending Funds Using MoneyGram

Overview
Inmates can receive funds at a BOP-managed facility, which are deposited into their commissary accounts. You can send an inmate funds electronically using MoneyGram's ExpressPayment Program.

- Funds are received and processed seven days per week, including holidays.
- Funds sent between 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (EST) are posted within 2-4 hours.
- Funds sent after 9:0 p.m. (EST) are posted at 7:00 a.m. (EST) the following morning.

To send funds using this method, please read the following steps carefully:

1. Wait until an inmate has physically arrived at a Federal Bureau of Prisons' facility.
2. Gather the information you'll need.
3. Send the funds from a MoneyGram location or over the internet.

What You'll Need

You'll need the following information:

1. Account Number: Inmate's eight-digit register number with no spaces or dashes, followed by the inmate's last name (example: 12345678DOE).
2. Company name: Federal Bureau of Prisons
3. Receive Code: 7932
5. Beneficiary: Inmate's Full Committed Name

How/Where To Send

At A MoneyGram Location
Locate the nearest agent by calling 1.800.926.9400 or visiting www.MoneyGram.com. You'll need to complete a MoneyGram ExpressPayment Blue Form. You can pay with cash.

Online
Please visit www.MoneyGram.com/paybills?receiveCode=7932 and enter the receive code 7932 of Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Enter the Receive Code (7932) and the amount you are sending (up to $300).
First time users will have to set up a profile and account.
A MasterCard or VISA credit card is required.

Western Union (Electronically)

Sending Funds Using Western Union

Overview
Inmates can receive funds at a BOP-managed facility, which are deposited into their commissary accounts. You can send an inmate funds electronically using Western Union's Quick Collect Program.

- Funds are received and processed seven days per week, including holidays.
- Funds sent between 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (EST) are posted within 2-4 hours.
- Funds sent after 9:00 p.m. (EST) are posted at 7:00 a.m. (EST) the following morning.

To send funds using this method, please read the following three steps carefully:

1. Wait until an inmate has physically arrived at a Federal Bureau of Prisons' facility.
2. Gather the information you'll need.
3. Send the funds from a Western Union location, over the phone or online.

What You'll Need

You'll need the following information:

1. Account Number: Inmate's eight-digit register number with no spaces or dashes, followed by the inmates last name (example: 12345678DOE).
2. Attention Line: Inmate's Full Committed Name
3. Code City & State: FBOP, DC

How/Where To Send

At a Western Union Location
Locate the nearest agent by calling 800.325.6000 or visit www.WesternUnion.com. You'll need to complete a Western Union Quick Collect Form. You can pay with cash.

Over the Phone
Call 800.634.3422 and choose option 2.
A credit/debit card is required.

Online
Please visit https://WesternUnion.com/en/inmatehome.html and select "Quick Collect."
A credit/debit care is required.

United States Postal Service (Mail)

Sending Funds Using The United States Postal Service (Mail)

Overview
Inmates can receive funds at a BOP-managed facility, which are deposited into their commissary accounts. If you would like to send an inmate finds through the mail, you must use the United States Postal Service.

Please read the following three steps carefully:

1. Wait until an inmate has physically arrived at a Federal Bureau of Prisons' facility.
2. Obtain a money order.
3. Send the money order to the Federal Bureau of Prisons central processing location in Des Moines, Iowa.

What To Send

Only send a money order. Obtain a money order and include both the inmate's full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. Non-postal money orders and non-government checks will be placed on a 15-day hold.
No personal checks.
No cash.
No additional items. Additional items (non-funds intended for delivery to the inmate) will be disposed of.

How/Where To Send

Return Address
Your name and return address must appear on the upper left-hand corner of the envelope to ensure that the funds can be returned in the event that they cannot be posted to the inmate's account.

Delivery Address
Send the money order to:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Insert Valid Committed Inmate Name
Insert Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

Replace the second line with the inmate's valid full committed name. Replace the third line with the inmate's eight-digit register number.

Postage
After ensuring that the inmate has physically arrived at their facility, send the money order - but don't forget to add the stamp!

 

GENERAL VISITING INFORMATION
https://www.bop.gov/inmates/visiting.jsp (General Site)
https://www.bop.gov/policy/forms/BP_A0629.pdf (Visitor Information Form)

 

FACILITIES
https://www.bop.gov/locations/ (General Site)
https://www.bop.gov/locations/list.jsp (List of Facilities)
https://www.bop.gov/locations/map.jsp (Map of Facilities)

 

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