FCI Dublin 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.


Inmates must have a photo identification inmate account card to shop at the commissary. Lending or borrowing of inmate identification cards is prohibited. Inmates needing to replace their card must report to the Counselor through an Inmate Request to Staff Member (Cop-Out). There is a $5.00 charge to replace cards. Repetitive replacement cards can result in disciplinary action.

All inmates may shop by Unit Monday through Wednesday after the 4:00 PM Official Count clears, until 8:30 PM or all numbers have been called. Inmates may shop only ONCE a week. Inmate commissary sale slips must be placed in the Unit Commissary box prior to 6:00 AM on their assigned shopping day.

Special Purchases (SPO’s) or large dollar items (radios, sneakers, watches, etc.) are sold during the inmates normally scheduled shopping night.

The above days and hours are subject to change. Inmate bulletin boards located in the Housing Units and Commissary will provide any updates to the schedule. Item availability is updated outside the Commissary daily. No refunds, exchanges or additions are allowed. Items need to be checked prior to
leaving the sales window. Prices are subject to change based on vendor invoicing.

Inmate shoppers are not allowed to communicate with inmate commissary workers.

An Automated Inmate Management System (AIMS) machine is available at the Commissary for account inquiries which requires an inmate pin number to obtain inmate account information/balance.

Shopping at the Commissary

The Commissary, located between Units A/B and C/D, is operated for the benefit of the inmates. Inmates having funds in their accounts will be permitted to spend up to $290.00 per month for a variety of articles including candy, cookies, ice cream, instant coffee, toiletries and greeting cards. These articles may be kept in each inmates room within the Housing Unit in reasonable amounts. Special purchase orders for Religious items must be approved by the Chaplain. During the Admission and Orientation Program, inmates may have the opportunity to receive their validation schedules and hours of operation are discussed.

Postage stamps may be purchased only once a week. The cost of stamps does not decrease the inmates monthly spending limits. The maximum amount of stamps to be purchased is (60) First Class stamps. Additional stamps must be approved via the Associate Warden.


The setting of $290.00 dollars is the limit that an inmate may spend from their own account balance per month. Inmate commissary accounts will be validated once a month, depending on the fifth (5th) digit of their registration number. The formula for determining the validation date is as
follows: The fifth (5th) digit of the registration number is multiplied by three and then one (1) is added. For instance, if the fifth (5th) digit of the registration number is three (3), the validation date would be on the tenth (10th) of every month (3 x 3 = 9, 9 + 1 = 10).

Commissary List

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