MCC San Diego 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.

Money / Dinero


All monies to be deposited to your account must be mailed to the National Lockbox. The address for the lockbox is Federal Bureau of Prisons, Your Name, Your Inmate Register Number, P.O. Box 474701, Des Moines, IA 50947-0001. Instruct your families NOT to enclose personal checks, letters, pictures or any other items in the envelope. Instruct them that they must have your name and register number printed on all money orders; U.S. Treasury, state and local government checks; and any foreign negotiable instruments payable in U.S. currency. Instruct them to place their name and return address in the upper left hand corner of the envelope to ensure that their funds can be returned to them in the event that they cannot be posted to your account. Cash should never be mailed. Inmates housed at FCI Danbury are not authorized any money in their possession at any given time.

Inmates’ families and friends may also send inmates funds through Western Union’s Quick Collect Program. All funds sent through Western Union’s Quick Collect Program will be posted to the inmates account within two to four hours, when those funds are sent between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. EST(seven days a week, including holidays). Funds received after 9:00 a.m. EST will be posted by 9:00 a.m. the following morning. Funds sent to an inmate through Quick Collect 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 blue Quick Collect Send 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.
3.) Online using a credit/debit card: The inmate’s family or friends may go to www.westernunion.com. select bill payment and Quick Collect.

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

Pay to:
Federal Bureau of Prisons
City Code: FBOP
State Code: DC
Sender’s Name: Individual Sending the Money
Sender’s Acct #: Inmate Reg. # and Name
Reference #: Leave Blank
Sender’s Telephone#: Person Sending Money
Sender’s Address: Person Sending Money.

Please note that the inmate name and registration number must be entered correctly. If the sender does not provide the information, the transaction will not be completed. The City Code will always be FBOP and the State Code will always be 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.

Western Union will charge the public a $9.95 fee for U.S. cash transfers up to $5,000 processed at Western Union Agent Locations. Transfers via the phone or internet have higher fees. Non U.S. money transfers also have higher fees.

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.

El dinero de su cuenta debera ser envíado a la siguiente dirección: Federal Bureau of Prisons, su nombre, su número de registro, P.O. Box 474701 Des Moines, IA. 50947-0001. Informele a sus familiares que no envien cheques personales, cartas, fotos u otro artículo en el sobre. Informeles que el remitente debe aparecer en
la parte superior izquierda del sobre con el nombre claro; para que en caso de alguna eventualidad el dinero pueda ser devuelto. No se puede enviar dinero en efectivo las presas de la institución no estan autorizadas a tener dinero en ningun momento.

Programa de transferencia electronica de fondos Para reclusas “Quick Collect” o Cobro rapido.

Familiares y Amistades de reclusas ahora pueden enviar fondos a travez del programa “Quick Collect” de Western Union. Todos los fondos enviados por via “Quick Collect” de Western Union Seran emi ti dos a la cuenta de la reclusa en el transcurso de 2 a 4 horas. Si estos son transferidos entre las 7:00 a.m. y 9:00 p.m. Tiempo este, los siete dias de la semana e incluyendo en dias festivos. Los fondos transferidos despues de las 9 p.m. tiempo este seran emitidos a la manana siquiente. Para enviar fondos a travez del programa “Quick Collect” de Western Union pueden hacerlo de la siquientes vias.

1.) En efectico en una agencia local. Los familiares o amigos deden iienar un formulario azul de “Quick Collect”. Para informacion sobre la agencia mas cercana, pueden llamar-al (1¬800-325-6000) o ir a la pagina www.westernunion.com.
2.) Por telefono usando una tarjeta de credito o debito. Los familiares o anustades de las reclusas pueden simplemente llamar 1-800-634-3422 y oprimir la opcion numero 2.
3.) En linea por internet usando una torjeta de credito o debito. Los familiares o amistades de las reclusas puede ir a
www.westernunion.com

Selecione pago de cobro(bill payment)
Selecione “Quick Collect”

Por cada transacsion de “Quick Collect” de Western Union la siquente informacion debe ser proveida Paga al:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Codiga de la Ciudad: FBOP
Codiga del estado: DC
Remitente: Persona que envia el dinero
Cuenta del reminente: Nombre y numero de registro de la Reclusa
Referencia: dejelo enblanco
Telefono del remitente: Persona que envia dinero
Direccion del remitente: Persona que envia dinero

Deben serciorarsen de proveer el Numbre y el Numero de registro de la reclusa correctamente, si el remintente no provee la informacion correcta la transaccion no se llevara en efecto. El codigo de la ciudad siempre sera FBOP y el codigo del estado siempre sera DC, Toda transacion sera aceptada o rechazada en el momento delproceso, es total responsabilidad del remitente de los fondos enviar esos fondos a la reclusas correcta. Si se equivoca en el Numero de registro o Nombre y la transaccion es aceptada pero emitada a una reclusas incorrecta los fondos No seran (detueltos) reembolsados.

Western Union cobrara un costo de $9.95 por transferencias en efectivo en los Estados Unidos de hasta $5000 que sean procesados en una agenciia local Western Union. Transferencias via telefonica o internet tienen un costo mayor. Transferencias de fondos de afuera de los Estados Unidos Taubien tienen un costo aun mayor Cualquier pregunta referente a transferencias de Western Union deben ser dirigidas por el remitente o enviador.


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3 Responses to MCC San Diego Inmate Money and Commissary

  1. Adelita
    June 21, 2012 12:53 am

    Im trying to send money to an inmate thru wester union and they told me that the inmate number registered is incorrect but i checked and its the same number that i put when i look it up in the web site of inmate locator, what do i need to do or whats wrong can i get help please.

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    • Admin
      June 22, 2012 1:36 am

      Hello Adelita,

      Here are some instructions on how to use the Western Union’s Quick Collect service. Note step 1, you must be at an AGENT LOCATION to set up the service. Have you already done this step ?

      Also included are instructions for sending a money order to MCC San Diego via BOP’s Des Moines office. Often this service is preferred over using Western Union, because Western Union has a $10 charge.

      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 (http://www.bop.gov/inmate_programs/docs/quick_collect_form_2008.pdf) to view a sample Quick Collect Form. To find the nearest agent, they may call 1-800-325-6000 or go to http://www.westernunion.com (http://www.bop.gov/disclaimer.jsp?url=www.westernunion.com/index_consumer.asp?country=US).

      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.

      3) ONLINE using a credit/debit card: The inmate’s family and friends may go to http://www.westernunion.com (http://www.bop.gov/disclaimer.jsp?url=https://wumt.westernunion.com/asp/qcreceiver.asp?RCP_CODE_CITY=FBOP) and select “Quick Collect.”
      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

      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.

      Money Orders:

      Upon commitment to MCC San Diego, all money in your possession will be forwarded to the National Lockbox and will be credited to your inmate trust fund account. Money from your correspondents should be mailed to the BOP Lockbox in the form of a U.S. Postal money order to:

      Federal Bureau of Prisons
      (Inmate Committed Name), (Inmate Register Number)
      Post Office Box 474701
      Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

      Ensure your complete committed name and register number are clearly written on the face of all money orders. Additionally, your correspondent smay send you funds through Western Union’s Quick Collect Program. The following information must be provided for each Western Union Quick Collect transaction:

      Inmate’s Register Number, Inmate’s Committed Name, City Code BOP, State Code DC.

      Money received at the institution through the mail will be returned to the sender. Cash should not be mailed through the U.S. Postal System.

      I hope this information was helpful. Please contact us again if you have any concerns.

      -Admin

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  2. byday
    June 13, 2012 2:12 am

    lo que yo queria, gracias

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