Connecting With a Florida Inmate: Phone, Sending Money, Mail
Florida has the third-largest prison system in the US, with over 80,000 people serving their time in 143 facilities, according to data from the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC). The FDC supervises all state and private correctional institutions across the state.
The FDC's mission is to ensure a safe environment for incarcerated individuals and provide endless rehabilitation opportunities like vocational training, drug rehabilitation, and literacy programs.
DoNotPay has all the information needed to connect with a Florida inmate. Phone/sending money, mail, and visitation have always been easier when done with us.
Florida Inmate Phones, Sending Money, Mail, and Visitation
Many institutions publish their inmate register to help people look up their loved ones. DoNotPay's Connect with an Inmate service will scour these databases to help you find anyone imprisoned in Florida. Here's how to connect with them once you find them:
|Physical Address||501 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2500
Making phone calls
All detainees in Florida jails can make outgoing calls, but only to pre-approved contacts. Prisoners are allowed up to 10 listed contacts, but they can change this every six months.
You cannot call an inmate. Even when you have a valid reason to call, you can only reach the prison chaplain, who will inform the prisoner.
Phone billing is managed by a private service called Securus. Calls may be billed to your home account using collect services or the inmate's prepaid account. There are three different ways to fund their prepaid account:
- Online using the connect network
- Using an automated phone system
- Using a mobile app
Contact DoNotPay if you want to reduce the cost of inmate phone calls.
2. Sending money to inmates
All inmates have a commissary account to cater to their financial needs. You can deposit money into their account by phone, money order, internet services, or any physical MoneyGram location. To send money to an inmate's account, you need to get the following details correct:
- The inmate's name
- Their DOC number
- Inmate's jail location
Money orders come through the mail services and have one of the lowest processing charges. To send a money order, you need to fill out the inmate's name and DOC number on a deposit slip and address it to JPAY as follows:
P.O. Box 260010
Hollywood, FL 33026
Deposits can be made in cash or charged to your credit or debit card, depending on the method you choose.
3. Sending mail
Mail is one of the most convenient ways of connecting with a loved one in prison. Inmates can receive mail from anyone and anywhere, including prison pen pals. The mail will be opened and scanned for appropriate content, usually in the inmate's presence.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when sending mail to an inmate in Florida:
- The only pre-approved languages for letters are English and Spanish.
- Mail should be 15 pages or fewer, except for medical reports and legal documents. However, you may send up to 20 self-addressed and stamped envelopes to the inmate.
- Cards and photos shouldn't be larger than 8x10 inches. Sexually suggestive images and Polaroid photos are not allowed. Stapling, gluing, or taping documents is not allowed.
Inmate mailing address for the Florida jail system:
Inmate Last name, First name, ID Number
Box number or Street address
City, State, zip code
DoNotPay allows you to exchange mail with inmates conveniently using a virtual mailbox service.
4). Sending packages
Generally, these are the only items you can send to an inmate:
- Books, magazines, and legal publications
- Holiday and anniversary cards
Publications can be ordered and delivered to the prison from approved sites like Amazon.
All visitors must be on the inmate's visitation list. You will need to request approval by filling out a visitation application form and mailing it to the facility. Most state facilities have the same email addressing format:
firstname.lastname@example.org (for South Florida Reception Center)
If you're not sure of your loved one's location, DoNotPay can help you find them with no hassles.
Connect With a Florida Inmate With Help From DoNotPay
DoNotPay makes it easy to connect with a Florida inmate in just a few steps:
- Locate the Connect With an Inmate service on DoNotPay.
- Choose whether you want to locate a loved one, create a virtual mailbox, or send a personalized letter.
- If you want us to find your loved one, provide his or her personal details and the state they are located in. We'll then conduct a search on the appropriate state database.
- If you want to create a virtual mailbox, just provide your full name! We'll set one up for you so you can easily receive incoming mail from your loved one.
- If sending a personalized letter, tell us which facility your loved one is located in and what you would like to say to them. You can even include a photo! Your letter will be delivered automatically - just wait 10 days for it to arrive to your loved one!
Contact us for other no-stress solutions to reach your loved ones.
Need Any Other Help From DoNotPay?
We know how hard it can be connecting with a Florida inmate. Phone/sending money, mail, or even visitation will be the least of your worries if you let us handle this as you enjoy corresponding with your loved ones.
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Sign up today and enjoy more freedom connecting with an inmate in Florida jails.