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How can Family and Friends Transfer Funds to an Inmate?

Prisons in Ontario have very similar guidelines for funds being transferred to inmates, however they do differ slightly. If you are going to deposit funds to an inmate’s account you must do so with cash or a money order. If you are transferring funds in person you must do so at the detention center the inmate is incarcerated at. You may transfer funds when you come to visit or you may come in during regular visiting hours to insure there is a clerk at the front desk. If you come during those hours and only transfer funds and do not visit the inmate this is NOT counted as one of the inmate’s visits for the week. Listed below are a few examples of commissary funds guidelines for prisons in Ontario.

 Metro west Detention Centre

  • Transfer of funds requirements and guidelines:

- Cash or money order only, can be mailed or given to clerk

- No limit to amount of funds that can be deposited but inmate can only use $60.00 a week
Metro East Detention Centre and Maplehurst

  • Transfer of funds requirements and guidelines:

- Cash or money order only is accepted

- Funds that are deposited on inmate’s accounts will take 24 hours to   process

- When sending by mail only money orders are accepted

- Would prefer that deposits are not more than $200.00 dollars as inmates can only spend $60 a week

Hamilton Detention Centre

  • Transfer of funds requirements and guidelines

- In person they accept cash or money orders

- Cash is not accepted by mail

- Would prefer that deposits are limited to $60.00 dollars per deposit

- Inmates may spend up to $110.00 per week
Vanier Centre for Women

  • Transfer of funds requirements and guidelines

- Cash or money order accepted only

- No limited for deposits but inmates can only spend $80.00 dollars per week.

- Cash is not accepted by mail

- Funds to be given to clerk on duty during visiting hours

By: Julia Logozzo

Julia studies Justice Studies at Guelph Humber University.

5 Feb 2016

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