FCI Bennettsville Inmate Money and Commissary

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Deposit Fund History


In 1930 the Department of Justice authorized and established a Commissary at each Federal institution. The Commissary was created to provide a bank type account for inmate monies and for the procurement of articles not issued regularly as part of the institution administration. The purpose of individual inmate Commissary accounts is to allow the Bureau of Prisons to maintain inmates’ monies while they are incarcerated. Family, friends, or other sources may deposit funds into these accounts.

Funds may be sent to Federal inmates via the United States Postal Service or via the Western Union Quick Collect Program. In either case, the inmate must physically be housed at a Federal Bureau of Prisons’ facility before funds can be received and posted. If the inmate is not physically in a Federal Bureau of Prisons’ facility, the funds cannot be posted and will be returned or rejected.

U.S. Postal Service


Inmates’ families and friends choosing to send inmates funds through the mail must send those funds to the following address and in accordance with the directions provided below:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Insert Valid Committed Inmate Name
Insert Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

The deposit must be in the form of a money order made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. Effective December 1, 2007, all non-postal money orders and non-government checks processed through the National Lockbox will be placed on a 15-day hold. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender funds that do not have valid inmate information provided the envelope has an adequate return address. Personal checks and cash cannot be accepted for deposit.

The sender’s name and return address must appear on the upper left-hand corner of the envelope to ensure that the funds can be returned to the sender in the event that they cannot be posted to the inmate’s account. The deposit envelope must not contain any items intended for delivery to the inmate. The Bureau of Prisons shall dispose of all items included with the funds.

In the event funds have been mailed but have not been received in the inmate’s account and adequate time has passed for mail service to Des Moines, Iowa, the sender must initiate a tracer with the entity who sold them the money order to resolve any issues.


Western Union Quick Collect Program


Inmates’ families and friends may also send inmates funds through Western Union’s Quick Collect Program. All funds sent via Western Union’s Quick Collect will be posted to the inmate’s account within two to four hours, when those funds are sent between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. EST (seven days per week, including holidays). Funds received after 9:00 pm EST will be posted by 7:00 am EST the following morning. Funds sent to an inmate through the Quick Collect Program may be sent via one of the following ways:

1) At an agent location with cash: The inmate’s family or friends must complete a Quick Collect Form. Click here to view a sample Quick Collect Form. To find the nearest agent, they may call 1-800-325-6000 or go to www.westernunion.com.

2) By phone using a credit/debit card: The inmate’s family or friends may simply call 1-800-634-3422 and press option 2.

For each Western Union Quick Collect transaction, the following information must be provided:

    1) Valid Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number (entered with no spaces or dashes) followed immediately by Inmate’s Last Name
    2) Committed Inmate Full Name entered on Attention Line 3) Code City: FBOP, DC
    3) ONLINE using a credit/debit card: The inmate’s family and friends may go to www.westernunion.com and select “Quick Collect.”

For each Western Union Quick Collect transaction, the following information must be provided:

Please note that the inmate’s committed name and eight-digit register number must be entered correctly. If the sender does not provide the correct information, the transaction cannot be completed. The Code City is always FBOP, DC.

Each transaction is accepted or rejected at the point of sale. The sender has the sole responsibility of sending the funds to the correct inmate. If an incorrect register number and/or name are used and accepted and posted to that inmate, funds may not be returned.

Any questions or concerns regarding Western Union transfers should be directed to Western Union by the sender (general public). Questions or concerns should not be directed to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

For additional information concerning inmate Commissary account deposit procedures, please see the Bureau of Prisons Trust Fund/Warehouse/Laundry Manual (PS 4500.07) or 28 CFR Parts 506 and 540. For information concerning a specific deposit, please contact Federal Bureau of Prisons’ staff at 202-307-2712 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET.

Deposits to Commissary Accounts


Deposits to Commissary accounts from outside sources will be made through the mail to the National Lockbox, or through Western Union. All deposits must be completed with your committed name and register number. If information is missing, the negotiable instruments will be returned to the sender with a letter of explanation. A copy of this letter will be sent to you.

The following is the proper way in which to address all envelopes to the National Lockbox:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Inmate Name
Inmate Register Number
P.O. Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

Your family must not enclose any letters or items of a personal nature as they will not be forwarded to you. Your committed name and register must be on all negotiable instruments that are sent. You must instruct your family to place their return address and name in the upper left corner to ensure that their funds can be returned to them in the even that they cannot be posted to the inmate’s account.

U.S. Postal Money Orders, U.S. Treasury Checks, State Checks, and cash will be immediately deposited to your account with no holding period. All personal checks and other type of money orders will be held at least 15 calendar days before being credited to your account. All foreign checks will be held for 60 calendar days.
Funds transferred from other federal institutions using the Inmate Account Transfer Module (IATM) system will be deposited to the appropriate Commissary accounts daily. If your money is not posted within one week after your arrival, contact the business office via Inmate Request to staff.

Commissary Fund Withdrawals

Requests for Withdrawal of Inmate’s Personal Funds will be processed within one (1) week of receipt by the Financial Management Department. Withdrawal forms must be generated using the TRULINCS system, with the exception of inmates housed in the Special Housing Unit who must utilize a BP-199 form. Inmates will be authorized to send personal funds to any authorized recipient. Authorized is defined as any entity that has been verified by the inmates PSI, background check, or be verified as an authorized entity by unit staff by means of a telephone call or correspondence. The assigned unit counselor will verify the recipient as an authorized entity prior to routing for signature approval. This procedure is for the purpose of preventing continued criminal activity.

Withdrawals may be approved for sending money to family members, friends and dependents, postage, court costs, attorney fees, birth certificates, expenses for emergency bedside visits, funeral trips, legal books, legal copies, education, etc.


Account Inquiries


All inquiries regarding the status of your commissary account shall be addressed to your Unit Staff or the Financial Management Department using a BP-148, Inmate Request to Staff Member.

Commissary Policies

  1. If you leave the commissary, once your list has been submitted, your list will be voided and you will not be allowed to shop until your next assigned shopping day.
  2. Prices are subject to change without notice.
  3. All Sales are final.
  4. All ice cream flavors will not be available all the time; they will be rotated regularly.
  5. You are allowed to shop once per week and only on your assigned shopping day.

No additions may be made to your list once it has been submitted.

Spending Limitations


You are permitted to spend up to $290 each month for regular and special purchases.

Stamps and phone time are excluded from this spending limitation.

Monthly re-validation dates (the monthly date which your Commissary spending limit is renewed) are based on the fifth digit of your register number and are as follows:

0 – 1st day of the month
1 – 4th day of the month
2 – 7th day of the month
3 – 10th day of the month
4 – 13th day of the month
5 – 16th day of the month
6 – 19th day of the month
7 – 22nd day of the month
8 – 25th day of the month
9 -28th day of the month


Commissary Hours


Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Special Purpose Order Sales

Open house hours for the Commissary are as follows: Friday 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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