RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina has contracted with a private company to act as a go-between for people who want to send money to prisoners.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported (http://bit.ly/1eaMRu6 ) Thursday that the state Department of Public Safety contracted last week with Miami-based JPay to offer new ways to send money to prisoners, but for a fee.
The company will also handle money orders, which will cost the small fee that the post office already charges. Other options will cost a fee that ranges from $3.45 for online transfers of up to $20, to $11.65 for telephone transfers of up to $300.
Previously, people sent money directly to family and friends in prison. Some prisoner advocates are concerned that the change will confuse families.