Send inmate money in New York
BY U.S. POSTAL MONEY ORDER
Send funds directly to the inmate at the inmate's mailing address.
Inmates are not permitted to physically possess money while they are incarcerated. This includes paper money and coins. In order to allow inmates to buy things they need or want, their money is held in their inmate account. Jobs, assignments and gifts from family and friends are the usual sources for these funds. The inmate can use the money in their account to buy items from the commissary or send money home.
You need to know that often there are court surcharges, fees, or other encumbrances that inmates may have that are unpaid. Monies coming in from the outside will be applied to those outstanding obligations. Other than the inmate’s incentive wage, funds may not be available for commissary and other items until these obligations are satisfied.
Preferably, money should be sent in the form of a money order or a certified check. It is recommended that you do not send cash or a personal check. Personal checks may take longer to clear. Please include the inmate’s DIN as well as your name and complete address on the check or money order. Unidentified money coming into the facility through the mail will be treated as contraband. Visitors may also leave money.
Inmates receive a monthly print-out of their account balances. Any questions that you may have regarding the inmate’s account should be directed to the inmate. He/she has access to that information in the facility. Facilities will not give information over the phone concerning the status of an inmate’s account.