Send money to someone in prison – FAQs

Information for prison switchboard, Family Services and business hub staff to help answer questions from the public regarding the Send money to someone in prison service.

How can I send money to a prisoner using the new service?

Directly through the service with your debit card.

What bank cards can I use?

You can use Visa, Mastercard and Maestro debit cards.

What payment methods do not work?

You can not make a bank transfer.

Can I send money to a prisoner using this service?

Yes. The digital service is available to all prisons in England and Wales.

How long will it take for the prisoner to receive the money?

Usually the next day.

Has the prisoner received my money?

Ask the prisoner when they call you.

If you sent money by debit card, you will also receive an email.

Why didn’t the money reach the prisoner?

If you paid by debit card, contact your bank.

If you paid by bank transfer (not available since November 2020), it may be because:

  • the reference you inserted for the bank transfer is wrong – check with the prisoner that you have the prisoner’s correct date of birth and correct prisoner number
  • the prisoner has left prison
  • you paid cash in-branch (not allowed)
  • you made an international transfer (not allowed)

You’ll only get a refund if the reference you inserted for the bank transfer is incorrect or if the prisoner has left prison.

How do I get my money back if I made a bank transfer in-branch or by international transfer?

Since November 2020, paying by bank transfer is not available.

You need to talk to the prison business hub staff to identify the payment. When it’s been identified you will need to write to them confirming:

  • who you are
  • your address
  • how you made the payment (in-branch or international transfer)
  • if in-branch, what bank/branch you went to
  • your bank
  • your sort code, account number
  • prisoner’s name
  • prisoner’s prison number

When the prison business hub staff get your letter, they’ll send you a cheque.

If I send money using the service how will my data be used or stored?

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