If you have registered to CorrLinks, then you are able to email Federal Prisoners. You may want to know how to email Federal Prisoners for free. If so, here is the guide according to the Turbo Future site that you are able to read below. However, firstly you need to know that CorrLinks is the official email system which is used by the Bureau of Prisons to permit federal inmates to be able to communicate with their family and friends.
For inmates, this service must be paid, but for people on the outside such as the inmate’s family and friends, this service is free.
The Steps for Using CorrLinks to Email Federal Prisoners for Free
- Getting an Invitation
If you want to communicate with federal prison inmates, you need to receive an email request first from them. It means that you need to give them your email address first. Actually, you are able to register for a CorrLinks account without having to receive the request first. However, you will not be able to email any inmates yet.
If you have given the inmate your email address and then they submit it to the CorrLinks system, the inmate request will be in your email inbox, which sometimes it shows as spam. “CorrLinks” will be the sender and the subject of the email will include the name of the inmate. The thing that you have to do there is to click on the name of the inmate in the subject box to proceed to the next step.
- The Inmate Request
In the inmate request email, there are two important information. The first information is the link to the website of CorrLinks and the second one is the inmate identification code. So now, the thing that you have to do in the email that you received from CorrLinks is to click on the link to the CorrLinks website so that you can register for a CorrLinks account. It is done if you have not an account yet. This link will take you to the CorrLinks login or registration page.
In this step, you have to click on the Register button in yellow color and it will take you to the Sign Up page where you have to enter your first name, last name, email address, re-type email address, password, re-type your password and identification code. For the identification code, you can copy and paste it from the step 2 above. You have to make sure that you use the similar email address when you register in which you received the request to email a federal inmate because if you use a different email address, the identification code will not work. After you fill all of the fields on the Sign Up page, then you must click on the check box which states that you are over 18 and you have read and agreed to the terms and conditions. And then, hit the Next button and you will get a verification email to your email inbox.
- Enabling Email Alerts
If you are prompted, at any time to insert the ID code of the inmate, you have to make sure to click the Enable Email Alert check box and then click on the Accept button. If you enable it, you will be sent notices to your regular email inbox every time they message you through CorrLinks. If you enable it, you may not know when they send you messages unless you check CorrLinks regularly.
- Verification Email
As explained above that you will get a verification email. The email is from Web@CorrLinks.com and the subject is Sign Up Verification Link. The thing that you have to do here is to click on the link to go to the next step. After you click on the verification link, then you will be taken to the Sign Up or Account Details page.
- Filling Account Details Page
On the Account Details page, you have to fill out all of the fields and after you fill them, you have to click on the Next button. And then, you will be directed to your CorrLinks account page. Your account is set up now and you are able to email a federal prisoner who has approved for correspondence.
- Sending Email to Prisoners
Now, if you want to send an email to the prisoner, you have to click on the Mailbox icon to access your mailbox. After that, you have to click on the New Message. Then, you will be taken to your message box where you are permitted to compose messages. Then, are able to choose inates to compose messages to by clicking the check box along the left side of their names. You are permitted to write messages to individuals or a number of inmates at a time. After that, you have to click on the Ok. Now, you have to write your email like you do in a regular email. Sometimes, in this step, you may get a message which says that they are pending approval. If so, you need to wait until the pending period ends before you compose a message to them. Usually, it does not take longer than a day or more.
According to Wikipedia, CorrLinks is a private company which operates the TRULINCS (Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System), the email system which is used by the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons to give inmates permission to communicate with the outside world.
You may wonder what TRULINCS is. Well, as also explained on Wikipedia, it is a fee-based system that inmates need to pay for to be able to send or receive email. It is not like commercial sites where they allow correspondents to send an email which is then printed and mailed to an inmate. With TRULINCS, federal inmates receive direct email access.
Inmates need to pay $0.05 per minute if they want to use this computer system and if they want to print messages, the fee is $0.15 per page. If they send a message to someone, the cost can be up to $0.30.