How to send money to an inmate in TDC

Posted: 27th August 2015 by Texas Magnum in TDC

I just sent this information to one of the visitors to the blog, and I thought it might be good information to share with everyone. It’s one of those questions that come up when all of a sudden you learn that your loved one is being sent to TDC. Just how do you help them out? Well visits and letters are important. But, the truth is, getting a little money in your commissary can make your life in TDC a whole lot easier. Buying some hygiene items and food of your own is a very good thing while you are incarcerated. Not to mention stamps and writing paper.

They are making it easier and easier to send money to an inmate. You have some choices. You can mail a money order to TDC or you can do it online or at a couple of places in several ways. Here is what you need to know about it, straight from the TDCJ website.

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE – INMATE TRUST FUND

MONEY ORDERS or CASHIER’S CHECKS made payable to made payable to “Inmate Trust Fund for Offender Name and TDC Number
1. Obtain the deposit slips from inmates themselves, or by sending a self addressed, stamped envelope to Inmate Trust Fund, PO Box 60, Huntsville, Texas 77342-0060 with the name and TDC Number of the inmate you want to deposit to.
2. Send the deposit and completed deposit slip to Inmate Trust Fund, PO Box 60, Huntsville, Texas 77342-0060

MONTHLY CHECKING ACCOUNT DEBIT (ACH)
1. Complete an ACH authorization form (Click HERE for the form!) and have a set amount automatically debited from a personal checking account once each month for deposit to a specified offender
2. Attach a voided check on the account to be debited
3. Debit transaction will occur on the 5th of each month
4. Submit form with voided check to Inmate Trust Fund, PO Box 60, Huntsville, Texas 77342-0060
5. This is a free service provided by TDCJ

JPAY allows you to send money to an offender for a service fee. Visit their web site at www.jpay.com or call 1.800.574.5729 to send funds using Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card. Senders can make cash deposits at any MoneyGram location nationwide using an Express Payment form and using RECEIVE CODE 3570.

ACE, AMERICA’S CASH EXPRESS from anywhere in the United States. Deposit funds to an offender’s trust fund account for a service fee. For the nearest ACE location, call 1.866.734.2306 or visit their web site at www.acecashexpress.com

ECOMMDIRECT is the secure way to make a deposit in an offenders trust fund account.
1. Visit www.texas.gov/eCommDirect
2. Enter offender details
3. Add deposit amount to your cart
4. Check out using a Visa or MasterCard

TOUCHPAY PAYMENT SYSTEMS provides convenient ways to get money to your loved ones with service fees starting low, including:
1. Online: www.tdcjpayment.com
2. Telephone (toll-free): 1.877.868.5358
MasterCard and Visa credit/debit cards are accepted, as well as MoneyPak, which is a remote cash option available at retailers
nationwide. Visit: https://www.moneypak.com/Partner/Payment.aspx/TouchPay” for details and locations.

WESTERN UNION CONVENIENCE PAY offered at select locations within the state of Texas. Send up to $200 to an offender’s trust fund account for a service fee. Call 1.800.354.0005 to find a Convenience Pay agent location. Retail locations include Kroger, HEB, Minyard’s, Sack ‘n Save, Carnival and selected Western Union agent locations. *I am sure you will need their TDC number to do this so be sure to have it.

WESTERN UNION QUICK COLLECT from anywhere in the United States. All three Quick Collect products are subject to different fees, send amounts, and other restrictions in certain states. Standard fee for over-the-counter Quick Collect transaction at a Western Union location. Deposit will post to offender’s account within 24 hours.
1. Western Union at 1.800.325.6000, or visit www.westernunion.com to find the nearest Western Union location
2. Telephone (toll-free): 1.800.634.3422, press 2 to send Q/C payment for credit card transactions.
3. Web transactions: visit www.westernunion.com for online transactions.
For each Quick Collect transaction the following information must be provided:
Pay to: TDCJ – Inmate Trust Fund
Code City and State: TDCJ/TX
Account number with Facility: Inmate’s TDCJ number and inmate’s last name
Attention: Inmate’s last name and inmate’s first name
Note: Sender’s name and address are required when making a deposit to an offender’s account.

  1. Crystal says:

    Can I send him stamps from my home

  2. Anamary says:

    I’ve been trying to send money to my dad through jpay, but unfortunately it’s not accepting any of my credit cards I put in. By sending a money order would I send it like if im sending a regular letter and mail it to the address he’s at right now?

  3. john kulikowski says:

    how do i send a book or the news paper

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hey John, the best way to send a book or magazine is to order it from Amazon and have them send it directly to your inmate. I also think that Half Price Books can send to prisons, but I am not positive. Good luck to you and your friend. Peace ~ Magnum

  4. I have a loved one who is an inmate in TDCJ. I live in Jamaica WI. Western -Union here in jamaica does not facilitate payment to your department. Your 1800 or 1877 toll- free numbers does not work from my location. Money orders are released after 3 months. I would like to use the debit service is there a non- toll -free number that I can call?

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hey Claudeth, This website is just run by me, a private citizen who was a former inmate, so I don’t have a toll-free number or any number. I am not sure what your best bet for getting money to your inmate from Jamaica is. Have you tried JPay.com? That is an online service for sending money to inmates, maybe you can try that one. Also, you can send letters that are like sending email that way, except they print them out and give them to the inmate and he/she will still need to respond to you by a hand-written letter. Good luck to you, hope you get some answers. And hey, Jamaica! So cool, wish I was there on a beach instead of working in a field in the middle of Texas. Peace ~ Magnum

  5. BadB says:

    Can anyone tell me what phone number comes up on your phone when they call from TDCJ Garza West?

  6. Katherine says:

    My son was moved last Thursday and today is Monday I cant find him. I believe he is at Gurney but dont know that for sure. How long will it take for him to show up somewhere? I check the site all day 🙁

    • Texas Magnum says:

      I think this is the question that I get the most on here – it takes several days for a person to show up when they catch chain. And that causes the family and friends a lot of stress and fear, understandably. If he caught chain Thursday he will be showing up soon in the system. Hang in there, and peace to you ~ Magnum

  7. kari says:

    I was also wondering, and don’t see the reply if there is one, how are we supposed to address letters? My son was just transferred there 2 days ago and I’m desperate to get a letter to him letting him know we know he got transferred and I am getting money tohether, etc. He’s only 21 and I can’t stand the thought of this without being able to communicate. I just found out he can’t get deodorant even without money????? What do I do? I’m a single mom of four going through a divorce and without a paying job. Is the r some kind of assistance that I can apply for? And how do I request a copy of the book, we’re all doing time? I’ve never dealt with anything like this so I haven’t A SINGLE CLUE. I sure do appreciate this website, that’s for sure. You’re a blessing to me for answering nagging questions that have worrired me. I am fixing to carve out time to sit down and read the whole thing . If somebody could get back to me, I’d appreciate it immensely! !!! This is a very difficult time. God bless you abundantly!! Sincerely, Kari Z. D.

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hey Kari, I just wrote a long-ass reply and the damn computer crashed on me. Damn computers.

      Anyway, first you got to find out what unit he is in. Use the Inmate Locator on the homepage of this site to find him. It will take a couple days for him to show up so don’t panic if he doesn’t show up right away. Once you find him, you will see on his record a TDC Number. That goes on the envelope next to his name. Also you will see the unit he is at. Click on the name of the unit and it will open up another window that shows the addresses for all the units.
      So you would address the letter like this:
      Name – TDC #
      Unit Name
      Address
      City, State zip

      You have to have a return address on it too, or they won’t deliver it.

      I suggest as a newcomer to this world, you visit http://www.prisontalk.com. Go to the section for Parents of Children in Prison. It has a lot of very good information and support. All these folks are in the same boat, and they all are very helpful to one another.

      For the book, “We are all doing time”, you can go to http://www.humankindness.org to order it. I think if you explain your situation they might send it to your son for free. It’s a great book. I highly recommend it and I hope he reads it and takes it to heart.

      I do not know of any kind of assistance you can apply for, but just keep writing to your son. It just costs a stamp. If you can send him $20 that will help him out a lot, to get his personal hygiene items. Sounds like you have your hands full with your own situation and although I know you are worried about your son my advise is to keep your focus on keeping yourself and your other kids on the right track, so you can be a good support system for your son who is incarcerated, and be there for him when he is ready to come home. Write to your son a lot, inmates really appreciate hearing from home. It doesn’t need to be long or much news, just everyday stuff. Send a couple photos of the family, he will appreciate those and he can receive photos. He needs hearing from you more than he needs money, in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, some money for hygiene items and stamps and envelopes and paper is great, and needed, but he will be alright. You say he is only 21 and I know this sounds harsh but he is going in to this a kid and will come out a man. He will need to figure a lot of things out for himself now. I know parents worry a lot in this situation. My own mom was a wreck over it and I felt terrible about that, but she was OK and I was too. Here I am today writing to you as a free man, with a wife, a son and a new baby girl. My life is good. Don’t despair and hang in there Kari. Your son can do this, and you can too. Keep in touch so we know how y’all are doing. Peace to you and your son ~ Magnum

      • Jenna says:

        I’ve been trying for days to send my husband money via western union online, but when I put his information in it says NO SUCH INMATE. To make sure I got all the information right, i double check it on the Inmate Locator homepage. I even called the Western Union and they said same thing. Now I’m lost on what to do. Any suggestions? I know he’s there.

        • Texas Magnum says:

          Hey Jenna, maybe it’s a hang up in the Western Union software. If you are sure he is showing up in the Inmate Locator and you have the TDC number right you could try using JPay.com. I know a lot of people have had really good luck with that service. Or if worse comes to worse you could just physically mail him a money order as well. Hopefully by now you have figured it out though. Peace ~ Magnum

  8. Christina says:

    Thank You Texas Magnum for letting me how to send money. But when I send letters how is that supposed look on the envelope? And do I put the facility name on there to?

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hey Christina, sorry I didn’t notice your comment before. I guess you have figured it out by now, but yah, you put his name and always put the TDC number. Then put the unit name and address. Also, you have to have a return address or they won’t deliver it. Good luck to you. ~ Magnum

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