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Thursday, October 24, 2013

How to send money to a MS inmate from abroad


A bit of explanation. The current admin of this blog does not live in the USA but in Poland. And while I was reviewing old posts to check whether the information we had provided was still accurate, it came to my attention that the website Mississippi Department of Corrections advises to use when sending money to inmates, www.inmatedeposits.com, cannot be accessed from abroad. I got a huge 403 error message: 

Forbidden
You don't have permission to access / on this server.

The same problem occurs when I tried an alternative website www.accesscorrections.com

I managed to obtain their email address and this is the response I received:

Quote:  

Dear Marta,

We apologize for the inconvenience, but due to the amount of chargeback and unpaid credit card transactions we were receiving, we have terminated the ability of a credit card order to be placed that has a non US address as its billing address.  This includes all credit card orders whether placed via our website, phone or mail process.
We will however process mailed in orders that are accompanied by cashier checks or money orders payable in United States dollars.  Cashier checks may be obtained at most banks.  Money orders obtained from foreign post offices are acceptable.
We are working on establishing Pay Pal as an acceptable method for non US based transactions, but that process has not been completed at this time.
Thank you for choosing Access Corrections!  We appreciate your business.

Customer Service

Access Corrections Customer Service

1-866-345-1884, www.accesscorrections.com

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As much as I can understand their "No foreign credit cards" policy, it is strange, least to say, to ban all foreigners from visiting their website. I have written to them again and will let you know as soon as/ if they respond

Anyone has ever experienced similar problems? Please share your stories in the comments section

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

2013 Holiday Package Program


It's that time of year again, folks. That's right -holiday packages! There are few things we have that we look forward to in prison. Visits, mail, commissary...and holiday packages. If you're wanting to do something for your friend or loved one in the Mississippi DOC, read on and we'll try to guide you in the right direction.

There are 3 ways to place an order.
1) ONLINE at: www.mississippipackages.com
(Ordering begins October 21, 2013 and ends December 2, 2013.)

2) MAIL by sending to:
Access Securepak (MS)
10880 Lin Page Place
St. Louis, MO 63132
(Orders sent via mail must be postmarked no later than November 25, 2013.)

3) PHONE by calling: 1-800-546-6283
(Ordering ends December 2, 2013)

There is a $100.00 maximum limit per prisoner. Multiple orders for the same prisoner will be combined into one package, not to exceed the $100 limit.  Access Securepak is applying a 7% sales tax to all products for the State, as required. Orders will be accepted when accompanied by institutional check, cashier's check, money order, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). They also accept debit cards, prepaid credit cards, or cash advance cards. When paying by card, be sure to include the card number, expiration date, card member's name, phone number, and address. My advice on this matter is that you check and see if your friend or loved one is in Access Securepak's system. If they don't show up, then don't use a credit or debit card. Instead, use a cashier's check or money order to pay for the package. There have been some problems with the system, and when you aren't able to order a package for your friend or loved one via credit/debit card, you can still order one with a money order or cashier's check -NOT a personal check. There is also a $3.95 processing fee for all orders.

If you have any questions or want to track the status of your order 24 hours a day, call 1-800-546-6283.
Customer service hours are 7:30 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. CST, Monday - Friday and 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. CST, Saturday.  If you have any questions or concerns, you can also call Trish Jolly at the Pearl, MS office at 1-877-420-1576 or 601-420-4100.

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Steven Farris is a prisoner who has been incarcerated since a month after his 16th birthday in 1998. Currently serving a life sentence without the possibility for parole, he is seeking to educate the public about the true nature of prison and the widespread and negative effects of the prison industrial complex. Steven has worked with both the National Prison Project of the ACLU, as well as the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in furthering this effort.

You can contact him directly at:
Steven Farris #R5580
WCCC
P.O. Box 1889
Woodville, MS 39669-1889

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