Most prison inmates rely on money from relatives and friends. If you want to send money to a prison inmate in Georgia, you have a few options. You can't send cash, but you can send a money order, make a payment online or over the phone with JPay or transfer money via MoneyGram. You can also pay fees, restitution and fines on behalf of a Georgia Department of Corrections offender on parole or probation.
Money Order Voucher
You can download a money order voucher from the Georgia Department of Correction's website. This incurs no fee, but could take up to two weeks to be processed. Select Create a Money Voucher, then use the dropdown box to select Pay Parolee or Probationer Fees or Send Money to an Inmate. Enter the inmate's GDC number, then press the Get Voucher button.
If you don't know the inmate's GDC ID, you can use the Find an Offender search tool to find an inmate by last name or first name. You can also specify race, gender, age range and the inmate's most recent institution. The search results provide inmates' GDC ID numbers.
A printable voucher with the inmate's name and GDC ID appears on the screen. Print the voucher and send it with a money order payable to the Georgia Department of Corrections to 300 Patrol Road, Forsyth, Georgia 31029.
Georgia Department of Corrections JPay
Fees apply if you send money online via JPay using your debit or credit card. These start from $3.50 for transfers up to $20. You can also download the JPay mobile app. If you already have a JPay account, log into your account and follow the instructions to make a payment. If you don't have a JPay account, enter the inmate's ID to get started. This is the inmate's GDC ID number and the last name with no spaces.
When you set up your account, you create a username and password to let you log in to make future payments. The money you send goes directly into the GA DOC inmate account, and the process takes up to 24 hours. For help setting up or using a JPay account, call 800-574-5729.
Send Cash With MoneyGram
Another way to make GDC payments is via MoneyGram. Simply visit a MoneyGram location and bring a valid photo ID, such as a driver's license. MoneyGram locations include Walmart and CVS stores.
Complete the blue ExpressPayment service form, including the appropriate receiver code and account number. Georgia DOC Receiver Code is 6857, and Georgia Probation Receiver Code is 6901. The account number is the inmate's ID, plus the inmate’s last name with no spaces.
Give the form to the MoneyGram agent along with the amount of money you want to send, plus the transfer fee. Keep the reference number for your records. MoneyGram transfers post to Georgia Department of Corrections the next business day or sooner.
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Claire is a qualified lawyer and specialized in family law before becoming a full-time writer. She has written for many digital publications, including The Washington Post, Forbes, Vice and HealthCentral.