DoNotPay Is the Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable Way to Contact Inmates in Pennsylvania Prisons Jails
The Department of Corrections (DOC) oversees operations in . They oversee 23 State Correctional Institutions (SCI), one motivational boot camp, 14 Community corrections centers, about 40 contract facilities, and one training academy.
The Department of Corrections has around 36,000 inmates and employs 15,000 people. They, however, have no jurisdiction over county jails in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole is responsible for making parole decisions.
To connect with an inmate at Pennsylvania Prisons Jails easily and reliably, use the new DoNotPay.
How to Contact Inmates Held in Pennsylvania Prisons Jails
If you want to connect with kin or friend held at , you need to follow the procedures below:
- You must fill out a visitor's application before visiting an inmate in Pennsylvania.
- You'll need to either mail it to the inmate or mail it to the address listed on the application.
- Read the entire guest application and complete it legibly and accurately.
If you lie on the application, you risk having your visitation rights revoked.
You can anticipate waiting anywhere from one to six weeks for your application to be considered once you send it in. The variation in processing time is because each visitor must undergo a background check, and you may wait longer during vacation seasons when there are more visitors. Most facilities leave it up to the inmate to notify all applicants whether they have been approved or refused visits.
Mail & Packages
In Pennsylvania, inmates are allowed to write to the public and are not limited in the number of people they can write to or the volume of mail they can receive or send. They may not communicate with other convicts, current or former employees/volunteers, or victims unless the Facility Manager has given them approval. Offenders are allowed eight free stamps every month. Excluding legal mail that can be opened and scrutinized but not read, all mail is opened, inspected, and read. Always include your name and return address in the upper left-hand corner of the envelope.
The standard format of the inmate's address should be as follows:
Inmate's Name, ID Number
PO Box or Street address
City, State, Zip Code
The following details must be ready before sending money:
- The Official Inmates Name
- Identification Number
- Current location
If you want to send money to an inmate in Pennsylvania prisons jails, you will:
- Use the internet
- Mail or phone
1. Deposit Money by Walk In
Friends and family members can deposit money to a Pennsylvania inmate's account by visiting any MoneyGram location. This includes any:
The deposit may be made for a fee and can be paid with cash or debit card.
2. Deposit Money by Internet
You can also use JPAY to make an online deposit to an inmate's account.
3. Deposit Money Over the Phone
Call JPAY at 1-800-574-5729 to deposit funds into a Pennsylvania inmate's account over the phone. You can use a debit or credit card to complete the transaction, and you will be charged a fee based on the amount you send.
4. Deposit Money Via Mail
Although the mail is the cheapest means of sending money to an inmate, it is also the technique that takes the longest for them to get the cash. You can do this by:
- Sending a money order from the United States Postal Service.
- Fill out the money order with the name and return address, and make it payable to 'JPAY.'
- In the memo area, include the inmate's name and ID number.
- You must print a deposit slip for a Pennsylvania money order inmate.
- Once you fill it out, mail it along with the completed money order to the following address:
P.O. Box 531250
Miami Shores, FL 33153
Only outbound calls are permitted for inmates in Pennsylvania. If an inmate wants to receive a call from you, they must:
- Add you to their phone list.
- On the other hand, create a Securus account over the phone at 1-800-844-6591 or online at their website. Securus charges a fee for each call, in addition to the standard rate per minute. Calls can be recorded and monitored at any time. Three-way calling and call forwarding are, however, forbidden.
- You can notify the inmate's counselor, the prison chaplain, or the unit manager if there is a family emergency or a death.
Steps to Take Before Connecting With an Inmate in Pennsylvania Prisons Jails
- Before accepting an inmate's phone call, confirm their location. So far, there have been numerous complaints about how one can confirm if an inmate is interstate or not. DoNotPay can locate an inmate's call regardless of the facility's location. You can add to your browser before opening an account.
- In the Connect With an Inmate menu, choose to Locate Someone.
- Enter the inmate's name and the state in which they are incarcerated.
- Submit the form.
DoNotPay will provide you with the incarcerated person's current location in seconds.
Difficulties You May Have Contacting Your Loved One in Pennsylvania Prisons Jails
The major difficulties you may experience while trying to connect with an inmate include:
- Lengthy visitation application approvals
- Restrictions of the time to call
- Monitoring and recording of phone calls
- Restrictions on the allowable that can be sent via mail or as a package
- Restrictions on the allowable dress code
Get in Touch With Your Loved One Via DoNotPay
Noting the difficulties involved in connecting with an inmate, DoNotPay has eased the process of connecting with an inmate using the following steps:
- Fill out the prisoner's information.
- Create a message or attach an attachment.
- If necessary, upload the attached images.
- You can use DoNotPay's personalized templates.
- The letter is printed and forwarded by DoNotPay.
DoNotPay Can Help You Locate Your Imprisoned Friend
If you want to connect with an inmate in Pennsylvania Prisons Jails but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in five easy 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 ten days for it to arrive for your loved one!
What Else Can DoNotPay Do?
Other than using DoNotPay to connect with an inmate, you can also use it to solve many other problems such as;
Consider contacting a relative or acquaintance who is detained in a Pennsylvania prison or jail through DoNotPay. The application automates the entire process for you, enabling you to relax and enjoy a successful connection.