Prisons Set Limits On Source Of Inmate Funds

Sep 17, 2012

The state is changing the way Ohio inmates can receive money through the mail to reduce administrative duties and cut down on funds that might be used for illegal activity.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says that beginning today, only people on an inmate's approved visitors' list will be permitted to contribute funds to an inmate's commissary account. The state also is contracting with Miami-based JPAY to manage the sending of money orders, which means checks will no longer be accepted through the mail. Approved visitors also can provide funds through cash or credit cards at kiosks on site in prisons. Prisons spokesman Mike Davis says the goal is to stop people from providing inmates money that might be used for betting, extortion or other crimes.