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What Can a Text Inmate Do in Prison?

Text messaging provides people in prison a lifeline to the outside world and helps alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness while building stronger relationships among those they care about.

Inmates can communicate with the outside world by using secure text messaging software on designated devices. Each message costs a small fee depending on their facility.

Inmates can’t read your messages

Because of the Cell Phone Contraband Act, inmates do not have access to personal phones in prison, but they do have access to electronic messaging systems. These allow inmates to stay in touch with approved friends and family via secure networks monitored by prison staff – acting similarly to email programs with inmates composing messages at kiosks within correctional facility networks before sending them electronically to approved individuals.

Inmate messaging programs charge families and friends of inmates incarcerated behind bars a per-message fee in order to stay in contact. Unfortunately, this fee structure is problematic due to being nontransparent to both those behind bars and those trying to reach them; furthermore per minute pricing acts as a literacy tax against people who struggle with reading and writing; furthermore companies profit twice — once from selling messages directly and again from having those messages read by incarcerated individuals themselves.

GettingOut is the simplest way to stay connected with loved ones who are currently incarcerated. Available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, it allows users to share photos, post status updates and message inmates at select correctional facilities nationwide. Simply add inmates by entering their booking number or name into your account before purchasing message credits with either credit or debit card.

Inmates can’t reply to your messages

Many jails and prisons provide inmates with electronic messaging systems to stay in contact with approved contacts through electronic messaging systems. These closed networks are monitored by correctional staff. Inmates may access these systems through kiosks or tablets located throughout their facilities and receive and respond to email from these contacts as well. Typically proprietary, these services charge inmates and their families fees to use them; furthermore they may be subpoenaed or used as evidence in court cases.

SmartInmate provides inmates with access to secure texting from approved contacts through its inmate texting service, allowing them to send and receive texts on their smartphones without using other inmate communication systems. SmartInmate’s encrypted messaging ensures privacy between inmates and their approved contacts – texts are screened by facility staff prior to being delivered directly to an inmate.

GettingOut makes it easy and affordable for loved ones of inmates to send and receive unlimited inmate responses. Simply add their booking number or name as a contact to their account, purchase credits to send messages, and depending on the facility purchase credits to receive replies from their inmate.

Inmates can’t block your messages

Prison systems monitor electronic communications, so inmates cannot block your messages directly; however, they can block certain outside contacts if they no longer wish to hear from them. There are limitations as to the length and content of email strings sent; maximum limit being 13,000 characters at one time with foreign symbols or bold fonts not permitted.

Text messaging with inmates provides family and friends a convenient means of staying in contact without incurring costly phone calls. Not only is the service easy and private to use; messages can be read on mobile devices or computers and shared among multiple family members and friends at no additional expense compared to emails that can be read by staff members. Messages also remain encrypted throughout.

Inmates can only reply to external and internal messages if they’ve been added as contacts on their GettingOut account. Inmates can block contacts by logging into their account and selecting “Block” under an inmate’s name, giving an error message when trying to send new messages or deposit funds with that inmate. Blocked users will also receive an error message if they try sending new messages or deposit funds directly with that inmate; however GettingOut offers a 3-minute voicemail feature which allows family members of an inmate let them let them know they’re thinking of them; giving an excellent way of showing support!

Inmates can’t delete your messages

Prison inmates cannot own their own cell phones (under the Cell Phone Contraband Act), so some prisons provide texting devices as an alternative way of staying in touch with friends and family outside. Furthermore, some prisons provide email systems like CorrLinks or JPay which allows inmates to send and receive emails using kiosks or tablets in their facility; these services may not offer as much privacy than standard email services.

Additionally, individuals incarcerated and their loved ones can use an app called GettingOut to directly send messages and photos directly to inmates at select facilities. This service is completely free for both parties involved and doesn’t require a contract or credit card – the only downside being each message being limited to 13,000 characters which might limit its usefulness compared to email services but nonetheless still provides an effective means for inmates to connect with loved ones while incarcerated.

ContactMeASAP provides an efficient and secure inmate messaging service available nationwide, which uses encrypted messages that protect against unwarranted viewing by third parties and user-friendly features to streamline communication process and reduce costs for families as it removes the need for envelopes, stamps and paper purchases as well as money order shops for printing photos or handwritten letters.

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