How Much to Send Prisoners

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How much to send a prisoner contains a lot of variables. In my opinion, based more on the life of the donor than on the prisoner.

 
The answer to how much to send depends on the sender’s financial circumstances and which prison the incarcerated person is confined in; the cost of available resources, such as commissary items, using the phone, emailing if applicable, or other forms of communication.
 
He or she has shelter, and though it may be lacking at times, food and the essentials of survival.
 
If the free citizen needs to pay rent, buy food, and otherwise take care of themselves and family, in my opinion, as a former prisoner, I’d rather have done without than for my loved ones to have taken food out of their mouths to provide for me (I was happy to provide for myself by working).
 
(Many of my peers were different, especially if on drugs and wanted to get high. I understood that because I know what it was like for me when I lived the life of an addict, so I am not condemning those who are different.)

May 2018, MONTHLY PAY SLIP ($189.00):

              Federal Prison Industries, Inc. UNICOR

On average, working in the Federal Prison Industries (UNICOR), each month, I spent $64.00 on the phone, $50.00 on writing/emailing blogs, etc., and $45–50.00 on commissary items. That was based on costs in the Federal Prison System.
 

Please note that all prisoners do not get paid for working, or get to work in places like the Federal Prison Industries. I was one of the highest-paid, hourly-rate prisoners, who worked for UNICOR, and rarely made over $200.00 per month. I made sacrifices to pay for the creation and upkeep of STRAIGHT FROM THE PEN and my blogging expenditures.

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2 thoughts on “How Much to Send Prisoners

  1. I came to say thanks for coming to one of my blogs – on Jamie, and his life as he still is inside. I wish he were able to make money. It makes his life harder. He only has me and I can’t afford much. But he always says for me to only help if I can. He never presses me. I send a little food to help fill in gaps and sometimes books. But most of all he wants communication. I’ve been there for him for 13 years and have to see this through until the end.

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    1. I appreciate the comment and him for being considerate of you and your circumstances. It says a lot of you for sticking with him for all those years and I’m sure he knows how fortunate he is to have you. 🙂 That tells me you are a good person. I hope things get better for each of you.

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