Most inmates rely on family for financial support during their incarceration. Funds often go to basic supplies, including toothpaste and clothing. With the rise of prison banking companies, sending money to imprisoned relatives has become a much more complicated process.
How Prison Banks Affects Families
In many states, money orders are now handled by financial companies. These companies streamline the payment process so inmates can receive funds electronically. Unfortunately, the new system has a downside—various fees are charged on every order, drastically reducing the amount an inmate receives. Depending on the state, up to 45% in fees may be removed from a given transfer. A significant portion of up-front charges go to the finance company and the prison.
Additional costs may build up on an inmate's account, further reducing the funds they will receive from family or loved ones. These charges, including medical expenses and daily upkeep, are withdrawn from an order. As more states enlist the aid of prison banking companies, the burden of supporting inmates has fallen increasingly on the backs of their families. These fees have been especially difficult for impoverished families to bear, forcing them to choose between meeting daily needs and providing for their incarcerated loved ones.
Contact a Qualified Legal Team
At Taylor & Waldrop, we understand that a criminal conviction extends beyond incarceration, affecting family on a number of levels. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, call our office today to speak with a criminal defense lawyer in St. Augustine. We have taken hundreds of cases in more than 40 years of combined experience, and are one of the few firms in Florida qualified to handle death penalty cases and death row inmate post-conviction claims. We can do whatever it takes to fight your charges! For more information, contact our firm or fill out a case evaluation form today.