Sending Money to an Inmate
There are four reasons to send money: Funds to Inmate (for discretionary spending), Restitution Payment, Family Visiting, and Temporary Community Leave:
- Funds to Inmate. Money that is being sent to the inmate for his or her own personal use is subject to restitution and administrative charges.
- Restitution Payment. To make a payment for a restitution fine or direct order for a parolee, the parolee should contact his/her parole agent for instruction. If the payment is for an inmate, the inmate should contact his/her counselor for information. When making a payment, please give the restitution fine or direct order information. We also need in writing what should be done with any excess money over the fine or direct order amount. It can either be given to the inmate or refunded to the sender.
- Family Visiting. Before sending money for family visiting, contact the institution's Family Visiting Office at the institution where the inmate is located for instructions. NOTE: Funds for family visiting may NOT be sent via Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Temporary Community Leave. Before sending money for Temporary Community Leave, the inmate should contact his or her counselor for instructions.
How to Send Money
There are four ways to send money: personal check, cashier's check, money order, and electronic funds transfer (EFT). Cash, traveler checks, and foreign currency are not accepted. See below for further explanation.
Checks & Money Orders
All checks and money orders should be sent by mail to the institution where the inmate is currently located; refer to the specific institution's webpage for the mailing address. The inmate's name and CDCR number, along with the sender's name and address is required on all checks and money orders.
NOTE: Personal checks are held for 30 days before being deposited into the inmate's account.
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
You may also send money electronically through one of the following companies:
- Visitation Home
- Facility Locations
- CA Out-of-State Facilities
- Community Correctional Facilities
- Juvenile Facilities (DJJ)
- CDCR Adult and Juvenile Institutions and Camps in California (pdf)
- Get on the Bus/Chowchilla Family Express
- Inmate Visiting Guidelines - includes Mail and Telephone calls (pdf)
- Juvenile Visitor Guidelines
- Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System (VPASS)