If you are looking to send funds to someone you know in a correctional facility or detention center, you can do so with Money Services, powered by Western Union.
You can quickly and conveniently send funds to an inmate at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, plus other state correctional facilities. Whether you send regular or one-off money transfers, it’s important that you’re able to easily show your support for someone you care about.
At Money Services, you can send money your way. You can send a Western Union® transfer online from home or when you visit your nearest store. With Stage & Pay transactions, you can save time at the counter by starting your transaction online and completing payment in-store.
Money Services allows you to send money your way:
Send money: Online – no need to visit in-store
Send money: Stage & Pay – start online, pay in-store
Send money: In-person – in-store
Make fast and easy transfers of up to $5,000
How to send money to an inmate
Here’s how you can send money quickly and easily to fund an inmate’s account.
Use the store locator – Find your nearest Money Services location using our store locator.
Get their details – Make a note of the inmate’s full name, their correctional ID and the name of the facility.
Bring the money along – Bring the cash you want to send, plus the fee, to your local Money Services. You can also pay with a debit card.
What you'll need
In order to make a payment to an inmate from Money Services you’ll need to make note of a few things so we have all the information we need to help you send money.
Inmate’s name. The first and last name of the inmate you’re funding.
Inmate’s correctional ID. The ID number of the inmate you’d like to send money to.
Facility name. The name of the correctional facility where they are located.
Facility code. The identification code for the facility you’re sending money to.
Your full name. Your first and last name, for identification purposes.
Amount to send. The amount of money you would like to send.
Do I need to notify the prison / correctional facility?
You do not need prior approval from the correctional facility if you want to send money to an inmate. However, some states do not allow you to send money to more than one inmate at a time without getting permission beforehand. You can’t bring money with you to give someone during a visit.