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TDCJ Inmate Telephone System / Re: cell phones
« Last post by sunrayswench on February 11, 2017, 12:52:36 am »
Hi Mathew

Yes it is normal for inmates to take a while to show up on the TDCJ locator. The intake process can take up to 3 months as you've been told, they have to undergo a number of tests and part of it is getting used to how slow and inefficient TDCJ can be!


You wont be able to call your inmate until you know their TDCJ number. Once you have that, you will need to register your phone with the TDCJ phone service  and all the details are here: http://www.tdcj.texas.gov/offender_telephone/index.html
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Visitation / Visitation alert - Lindsey Unit (Feb 11-12)
« Last post by sunrayswench on February 11, 2017, 12:46:55 am »
http://www.tdcj.texas.gov/alert_visitation.html

Due to a gastrointestinal outbreak at the Lindsey State Jail, all visitors to the unit are encouraged to contact the unit prior to traveling for visitation this weekend, February 11, 2017, and February 12, 2017, in order to ensure an offender is eligible for visitation.
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I cannot express my gratitude for your kindness and compassion!  Thank you!  there are simply no owrds....
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TDCJ Inmate Telephone System / Re: cell phones
« Last post by CharliesMomma on January 13, 2017, 11:01:33 am »
Hello.
It depends on the intake process for visitation to begin.  It it typically 30 days, but I do know it can take longer.  My son took 90 days, as did several others.  Know of others that took 45-60.  Count on 90 and anything you get better, it is a blessing!

You can put money on his books or send him commissary by using the ecomm system.  It costs $3.75; cheaper than most other services.  Sending a care package is always a nice surprise, too.

https://tdcj-ecommdirect.portal.texas.gov/
They do close at 8:30pm-4am.

Hope that helps!
Cheri
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TDCJ Inmate Telephone System / Re: cell phones
« Last post by mathewstim on January 13, 2017, 12:59:31 am »
I have been trying to contact my friend who is in TDCJ. Can anyone tell me after how many days I can get the visitation and how can I transfer money to him. I talked with the officials they said it may take anywhere from 60-90 days for the visitation to start.

Also how can I call my friend during this period? I check the TDCJ inmate search website but his profile does not even show there. Is it normal?
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Visitation / New Ombudsman Visitation Hotline
« Last post by sunrayswench on October 01, 2016, 08:21:18 am »
From the TDCJ website:

September 3, 2016

"Members of the public may contact the Ombudsman Office to inquire about offender location, basic visitation policy questions, unit family liaison officer information, and how to appeal a visitation denial.

The hotline will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (936) 437-4927 or toll free at (844) 476-1289."

https://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/announcements/announce_ombudsman_hotline.html
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What a generous offer! Thanks for posting :)
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Correspondence / Book Giveaway for TDCJ Inmate 1st of each month. Approved TDCJ vendor
« Last post by CLBOOKS on September 26, 2016, 01:29:47 pm »
My husband was in TDCJ for over 10 years when he got out he opened a bookstore that catered to TDCJ. He passed away in April. I relocated and considered closing his bookstore. I received so many letters of appreciation for what he did and condolences that I have decided in his memory keep doing what he did. He passed away on the 1st of April in his memory I am giving away 2 books to an inmate on the 1st of each month starting October 1st ( just comment under the giveaway picture on my C & L Rare New Used /TDCJ Approved vendor (https://www.facebook.com/C-L-Rare-New-Used-Books-TDCJ-Approved-Vendor-691575744327650/?fref=ts)

C & L Rare, New Used Books is an approved TDCJ vendor, I offer book bundles for your loved one and will soon have a complete inventory list ( I have over 20,000 books in inventory if there a title you are looking for feel free to shoot me an email)

I know how the financial struggles having a loved one locked up so I hope the giveaway can help someone and bring joy to someone. I will also work with anyone wanting books for their loved one I never want money to be the reason for not sending books.

If you don't have Facebook and would like to enter the contest email me and if I receive letters direct from TDCJ I will put their name in the drawing as well.

Website: http://www.clbooks.net/

Good Luck and God Bless
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Correspondence / Re: TDCJ inmates now prohibited from social media presence
« Last post by sunrayswench on September 21, 2016, 12:22:34 am »
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has obtained clarification of a sort from TDCJ lawyers on what will or will not be likely to get an inmate into trouble if someone in the free world is maintaining an online presence for that inmate.

Interestingly, the TDCJ policy appears to be focused on social media exclusively (Facebook, Twitter, etc), and the lawyers have suggested that personal websites, forums etc are not included in the TDCJ policy.

More details here: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/09/4-things-consider-when-running-social-media-campaigns-about-texas-inmates
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Yes, I wonder the same thing. Maybe there just isn't enough demand, I dont know..
I'm sure it's quite easy to program the form so that billing and delivery address are different. Even if they ARE in different countries.
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