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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Offender Funds

Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code section 5120.133 and Ohio Administrative Code 5120-5-03, deposits to an inmate's personal account are subject to collection for debts the inmate may owe.

Administrative Rules Related to Inmate Funds

 

Only approved (or tentatively approved) visitors may send funds to an inmate in the ODRC. This covers all methods of depositing money including money orders, internet, telephone and kiosks. Approved (or tentatively approved) visitors must comply with security verification procedures to ensure that they are on the visiting list.

If you are not an approved visitor, you can download and fill out an application here and mail it the facility where the inmate resides. However, the adding of a visitor requires the inmate’s approval and must be compliant with DRC Inmate Visitation policy. The process can take 30-60 days.

Inmate Personal Accounts

Up to $200 from an approved (or tentatively approved) visitor may be deposited into an inmate's personal account through any of the following means:

  • MAIL - Approved (or tentatively approved) visitors may make deposits by U.S. Mail through JPay. Each money order must be accompanied by the Money Order Deposit form, found on the JPay Website and a copy of your driver's license (or state ID or passport).  This will be used to match your name to the visiting list. The name on the money order must exactly match:
    • the name on the driver's license, state ID, or passport; AND
    • the name and date of birth used to register as a visitor with DRC
    • Money orders may not exceed $200, unless approved in advance by the institution Warden.  If you need to send more than $200, contact the institution for details on the procedures.
    • A fee of $1.50 will be deducted from the money order prior to forwarding the funds to the inmate.  For example, if you send a $20 money order, $18.50 will be posted to the inmate's account.
    • You will not be able to send any letters to the inmate with the money order.  Any letters sent to inmates with the money order will be discarded.
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    • Please visit the JPay Web site at https://www.jpay.com/moneyOrderForms/OH_Money_Order_coupon.pdf for additional information.
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  • ONLINE - Approved (or tentatively approved) visitors may deposit funds into a trust account (offender personal account) through the OffenderConnect website, available by clicking on the link provided. The OffenderConnect Website will accept deposits using credit or debit cards. OffenderConnect charges a transaction fee for using this service. The OffenderConnect Website also allows you to see prior payments and a history of your statements and close your account.   
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  • KIOSKS - Approved (or tentatively approved) visitors may also deposit funds into a trust account using the kiosks available in the front entry building of each DRC prison. The kiosks will accept deposits using cash, credit, or debit cards. The kiosk provider charges a transaction fee at the kiosks, regardless of type or amount of transaction.  All transactions using a kiosk will require the use of a Government Issued ID with a magnetic strip for identification purposes. Users will no longer be able to manually enter identification information. The machine will prompt when to swipe identification during the transaction. For additional information or other deposit options please visit www.offenderconnect.com or call GTL customer service at 1-877-650-4249.
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  • TELEPHONE - Approved (or tentatively approved) visitors) may deposit funds by calling toll-free 1-888-988-4PMT (4768), reference Site ID 86 when prompted by the automated attendant. Deposits can be made through the toll-free number using credit or debit cards. There is a transaction fee for using this service.

Funds from an unapproved source, as defined by Administrative Rule 5120-5-02, will not be accepted.

Inmate Telephone Debit Accounts

All offenders may directly pay for the telephone calls they make, using a Pin Debit telephone account.  Funds may be deposited into an offender's Pin Debit phone account through the following means:

  • KIOSKS - You may deposit funds through the Kiosks available in the front entry building of each DRC prison. The kiosks will accept deposits using cash, credit or debit cards. The kiosk provider charges a transaction fee at the kiosks, regardless of type or amount of transaction.  All transactions using this machine will require the use of a Government Issued ID with a magnetic strip for identification purposes. Users will no longer be able to manually enter identification information. The machine will prompt when to swipe identification during the transaction.
  • For additional information or other deposit options please visit www.offenderconnect.com or call GTL customer service at 1-877-650-4249.
     
  • OFFENDER COMMISSARY - The offender may purchase telephone debit account credits at the prison commissary, using funds from his offender personal account.

Transaction Fees

There is a transaction fee for using these services  Click here for additional information..