Send money to a prisoner?

Send money to a prisoner UK
You can send money to someone in prison in the United Kingdom using their name, date of birth, and prison number. This will take a few working days and can be done online using a debit or credit card. Depending on the prison, the money may appear in the prisoner's account the same day or it may take a few days.
Looking to send money to a prisoner?
Prisoners require funds to be sent to their prison account in order to purchase items while incarcerated, such as telephone pin credit and canteen sheet products.

You can send money to a prisoner online at the following link: Send Money to a Prisoner
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What information i need to send money to a prisoner?

You’ll need the:
  • prisoner’s date of birth
  • prisoner number

Money put in is a lifeline for a prisoner. It means they can order from the Prison Canteen as well as phone credit, stamps, and other products while inside the prison. Because the food servings are so modest, many inmates order food to supplement their jail meals. Noodles, beans, tuna, and snacks are available for purchase in the prison canteen. Prisoners utilise the canteen as a type of currency as well.

For example, a prisoner may want to get a haircut, but the jail hairdresser charges the equivalent of two tins of tuna. Money transferred to and placed on the prisoner's account enables the prisoner to obtain tuna as a kind of currency to pay for their hair to be trimmed.

You can also purchase luxurious products that you and I take for granted outside of prison. For example, a duvet, duvet cover, pillows, and a fan for when it becomes hot in the summer. This money will also be taken from the convicts' funds.

In prison, phone calls are very pricey. Calling a cell phone would cost more than 16p per minute. We also provide a discounted call package that allows the prisoner to call a mobile phone at a landline cost.

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What information i need to send money to a prisoner?

The above is the safest way to send money to a prisoner, there are other ways:
You can also make a UK bank transfer to a prisoner by:
  • online banking
  • mobile banking app
  • telephone banking
You can get more information how to do this by clicking here

1. Understand the Limits:

Each week, prisoners are given a set amount of money. The limitations vary based on the jail system, however for convicted adult offenders, the average amount is roughly £15.50. Make sure the amount you're sending is within the limits imposed by the facility.

2. Methods to Send Money:

a. Online Banking: Log on to the government's website and access the Prisoner Money Service. You will need the prisoner's birth date and prisoner number.

b. Cheque or Postal Order: Send a cheque or postal order (not cash) to "The Governor" with the prisoner's complete name and prisoner number written on the back. It should be noted, however, that this approach is slower and may take some time for the prisoner to get the monies.

c. Standing Order: You may be able to put up a standing order in some jails. If you intend to send money on a regular basis, this technique is advantageous.

3. Paying for Specific Services:

a. Email a Prisoner: Services such as Email a Prisoner allow you to send messages to inmates and top up their accounts so they can respond.

b. Secure Payment Services (SPS): For prisons that have partnered with SPS, you can send money securely through their website.

4. Know the Charges:

Sending money using online banking and postal orders is free. However, using third-party services may incur expenses. Before transferring funds, make sure you're aware of these.

5. Receiving Money Back:

In some situations, prisoners may seek to send money to friends or family members. They can do it via bank transfer or cheque. However, the amount they can send is limited, and such transactions must be approved by the prison.

6. Confidentiality:

While you can transfer money, for security concerns, jail authorities have the ability to check money sent in or out of the facility. They are, however, required to keep your banking information private.

7. Considerations for Foreign Nationals:

If the prisoner is a foreign national, the procedure may alter slightly, especially if they are scheduled to be deported at the end of their sentence. Make certain you grasp the specific protocols for such instances.

8. Refunds:

If you sent money to someone who has since been freed or transferred, or if you made an error, you can request a refund. However, the process can be time-consuming and is not assured.


Supporting a loved one while they are incarcerated can be critical to their mental health. Having money can help them maintain a sense of comfort and connectedness to the outside world. Always check with the specific prison's policies and regulations before donating money to avoid any misunderstandings or issues.
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