You’ve got a loved one in jail and want to do the right thing by supporting this person as much as possible. The good thing is there are various ways of supporting your loved one financially, and you can choose which one works best for you.
One thing you can do is deposit the money directly into your loved one’s account. Yes, inmates are given accounts where the money is safely kept, which can be accessed by your loved one. The problem is not all facilities allow people to directly deposit funds into those accounts. It may be a good idea to contact the facility to find out if you can deposit money without going through a third party.
MoneyGram is another option you have. This is one of those third-party options mentioned earlier. This company has been in the business of money transfers for decades, so it makes sense that they allow you to deposit cash into a loved one’s account.
Usually, when you deposit cash through MoneyGram the cash is transferred within one day, but that is not always the case. Some facilities are slower, so your loved one might have to wait longer than a day to get cash. If you want to have an idea of what to expect, you should talk to the facility where your loved one is staying to see how long a MoneyGram transfer might take.
If you are thinking of using this money transferring service, then you are going to need the four-digit Receive Code. This code is specific to the place holding your loved one. You are also going to be asked for the inmate’s ID number. Confirm this number if you aren’t sure, but normally it’s an eight-digit number and your loved one’s last name.
Use Western Union
Another preferred way to send money to an inmate is using Western Union. This is another money transferring company that has been in the business for decades. MoneyGram and Western Union have a contract with Jpay, which makes it easy for people to transfer money directly to an inmate’s account.
A good thing about Jpay is that they give you several ways to transfer money to your loved one. The most popular way to do this is to visit the company’s page, Jpay. There, you’ll find easy-to-follow instructions on how to transfer funds to your loved one. You are also going to find a contact number you can use to complete this transaction over the phone if that’s your preference.
If you prefer to transfer money to your loved one in person, this could be done as well. An advantage of working with a company like Western Union is that they have thousands of physical locations throughout the country that you can visit. There, you’ll be able to transfer money directly to your loved one’s account.
You should know that some states are a little different, like how in Florida you are allowed to deposit cash in person at the Video Visitation Center within the facility. Find out what is available in your state so that you can make your decision afterward.
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