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Old 03-14-2018, 07:46 AM
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So my 17 ur old was sneezed yesterday both of his co defendants went straight to Thumb because they are also young. I went through this before with my eldest but there seems to be lots of changes, so I have questions if you can help please do.
1. Do they still take 50% of everything over $50 ? Does this start after clarification?
2) white envelope only?
3) books from amazon?
4)Jpay tablet can be purchased as a gift?
5) phone service cheaper if they pay or if I pay?
6) any experience with such a young inmate?
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If he has court costs and restitution they will take 100% and that's after he goes through intake. The way we found out is waited until he got to his first prison and made a payment and figured that out then.
They want you to use white envelopes only but now they dont care because they take everything out of the envelopes.
Book from Amazon yes but it must be Amazon and not from a third party vendor. Always send a gift receipt with the order so they know who made the purchase.
Jpay tablet can be purchased from jpay by you or him. He has to transfer money from commissary to order music and games.
I'm not sure about the phone service. I just put money on the phone because if I didn't he would use my money to call his mom and brother and I cant afford to pay for everyone not to mention it just seems easier.
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Thank you for being so helpful nygirl -- and while PMs are fine of course, whatever information you might be able to share in these forums publicly will be all the more helpful for the whole community....you never know who is seeking the same information
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If he has court costs and restitution they will take 100% and that's after he goes through intake. The way we found out is waited until he got to his first prison and made a payment and figured that out then.
They want you to use white envelopes only but now they dont care because they take everything out of the envelopes.
Book from Amazon yes but it must be Amazon and not from a third party vendor. Always send a gift receipt with the order so they know who made the purchase.
Jpay tablet can be purchased from jpay by you or him. He has to transfer money from commissary to order music and games.
I'm not sure about the phone service. I just put money on the phone because if I didn't he would use my money to call his mom and brother and I cant afford to pay for everyone not to mention it just seems easier.
If you have any other questions I'll try to help just pm me if you want.
Thank you so much there is more but this is a good start
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So the took 100% of what $$ you sent or 100% after $50
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So the took 100% of what $$ you sent or 100% after $50
Everything over 50$ I eventually went to the court house and paid off his court fees and now they only take 50% over 50$ So if I send 100$ they take 25$ So the first time he got to prison I sent 51$ and they took the 1$ that's how we knew
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Everything over 50$ I eventually went to the court house and paid off his court fees and now they only take 50% over 50$ So if I send 100$ they take 25$ So the first time he got to prison I sent 51$ and they took the 1$ that's how we knew
He was just sentenced yesterday and hasn't ridden out yet so we loaded his commissary before he goes into quarantine or thumb whichever , figured he'd need a tv ear buds etc. Still securpak every 3 months ?
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He was just sentenced yesterday and hasn't ridden out yet so we loaded his commissary before he goes into quarantine or thumb whichever , figured he'd need a tv ear buds etc. Still securpak every 3 months ?
I think he will only be able to get the tv and stuff once he gets to his first prison so that's smart because they won't take half of that money. Yep every three months. Jan-Mar and then so on.
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I think he will only be able to get the tv and stuff once he gets to his first prison so that's smart because they won't take half of that money. Yep every three months. Jan-Mar and then so on.
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Can't send pictures anymore.
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Just letters. Only on white paper with blue or black ink. No white out.
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That makes me sad. Are you able to send pictures on Jpay?
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Hi there,

My 22 year old son went to county jail first for a week, then the Reception and Guidance Center in Jackson for about a month, then sent to Gus Harrison in Adrian.

Once he was there, they did not take any money for the first five weeks. I was able to send him $150 so he could buy a TV. It wasn't until after they gave him the paperwork stating his fees and fines that they would start taking anything over $50/month.

I send him money through GTL ConnectNetwork: web.connectnetwork.com

For commissary, use "Trust Fund"
They charged an extra $2.95 when I sent him the $150. Since then, they charge an extra $3.95 for each monthly deposit of $50.

For phone, use "AdvancePay Phone"
They take out $3 from what you deposit. For me to call him from Manistee to Adrian, the rate is $0.20/minute, so each 15 minute call costs me $3.

For his birthday/Christmas present, my mother and I went in on a Securepak for him last month. Securepaks can be purchased for inmates once every annual quarter and can be maximum of $85. Some items there cannot be bought at the commissary. He told me a list of what he wanted over the phone and I ordered the stuff through the site.
Here is their website: accesscatalog.com

Hope this helps! God bless.
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