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    This is the latest information received from Eric Johnston, Commissary and Trust Fund, regarding "care packages".
    The TDCJ Commissary and Trust Fund Department will soon initiate a direct purchase program for friends and family members to allow them to make online purchases for offenders. These purchases will be from the existing product line along with some new packaged items that will be added. Offenders can receive one direct purchase of up to $50 each calendar quarter. Offenders on commissary restriction will not be eligible to receive commissary items from a direct purchase. This will be accessible through a link on the Texas.gov website. The merchandise purchased online will be distributed to the offender from the commissary at their unit of assignment. Website development has been ongoing and the projected launch date is July 2012.
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    The date has been moved forward it is expected to be in by June, a lot of units have had notification already
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    Am I the only one that thinks this is isn't that great a deal? Apart from the 'new packaged items' they will only be selling exactly the same as they can get at the commissary anyway. So what's the difference between this scheme and sending money to an inmate for him/her to buy the items themselves? It would be nice if it were a whole range of stuff that they cannot normally get that we could buy and send as 'one-offs' for birthdays, Christmas, etc.

    $50 a quarter won't go far with the commissary prices as they are.

    Maybe I've missed the point but I have seen so much excitement about this on the Jpay and PTO forums and I keep asking myself what people are actually getting excited about. If someone could enlighten me then I would appreciate it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by februarymoon View Post
    Maybe I've missed the point but I have seen so much excitement about this on the Jpay and PTO forums and I keep asking myself what people are actually getting excited about. If someone could enlighten me then I would appreciate it.
    I don't see the big deal with them either. They can spend more money if they buy the stuff on their own.

    I could see the excitement if it was to where we could buy them something they wouldn't otherwise be able to get through commissary. I think it's pretty much a joke.
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    Doesn't it give them the ability to have more though? If you have restrictions as to what you can spend on store and this is "extra" surely it's a good thing? What about those people who have restitution taken out of all monies received on their books. So their family and friends would save $$$ and would be better off. Instead of a family having to spend $100 to send $60, the prisoner gets the whole lot if the family buys direct saving them money. What seems nothing to us is a bonus to them. At least it is a step in the right direction......PROGRESS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by februarymoon View Post
    Am I the only one that thinks this is isn't that great a deal? Apart from the 'new packaged items' they will only be selling exactly the same as they can get at the commissary anyway. So what's the difference between this scheme and sending money to an inmate for him/her to buy the items themselves? It would be nice if it were a whole range of stuff that they cannot normally get that we could buy and send as 'one-offs' for birthdays, Christmas, etc.

    $50 a quarter won't go far with the commissary prices as they are.

    Maybe I've missed the point but I have seen so much excitement about this on the Jpay and PTO forums and I keep asking myself what people are actually getting excited about. If someone could enlighten me then I would appreciate it.
    I want to see the shipping costs before I decide either way, but like you I don't feel uber enthusiastic about it at the moment. The cynical me thinks it's just TDCJ's way of putting the little stationary companies that have sprung up around Texas out of business because those little businesses are taking money that TDCJ needs now that the Victim Support Fund is also practically empty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smiley View Post
    Doesn't it give them the ability to have more though? If you have restrictions as to what you can spend on store and this is "extra" surely it's a good thing? What about those people who have restitution taken out of all monies received on their books. So their family and friends would save $$$ and would be better off. Instead of a family having to spend $100 to send $60, the prisoner gets the whole lot if the family buys direct saving them money. What seems nothing to us is a bonus to them. At least it is a step in the right direction......PROGRESS!
    But my man is in exactly this situation. 60% of every deposit is taken from his books until the whole lot that is owed is paid off. And I still don't see the point. The money that my man owes to the court has to be paid whether we like it or not. There is no point trying to 'hide' from it by sending him $50 of stuff a quarter (and he's high maintenance - $50 of stuff would not last him a month, let alone a quarter!) so that we don't put money on his books. I put money in his account, as does his mother, and they take 60%. It is what it is. If we were to send packages like this, the debt will not automatically disappear. So we wouldn't be 'saving $$$'. We would just delay paying it. And I can't wait until it's paid off and we're done with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunray's wench View Post
    I want to see the shipping costs before I decide either way, but like you I don't feel uber enthusiastic about it at the moment. The cynical me thinks it's just TDCJ's way of putting the little stationary companies that have sprung up around Texas out of business because those little businesses are taking money that TDCJ needs now that the Victim Support Fund is also practically empty.
    I am also curious about the shipping costs and whether these will be inflated to make more money for the TDCJ. No point me paying for shipping for items that he can buy from the window himself and carry back to his cell.

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    But my man is in exactly this situation. 60% of every deposit is taken from his books until the whole lot that is owed is paid off. And I still don't see the point. The money that my man owes to the court has to be paid whether we like it or not. There is no point trying to 'hide' from it by sending him $50 of stuff a quarter (and he's high maintenance - $50 of stuff would not last him a month, let alone a quarter!) so that we don't put money on his books. I put money in his account, as does his mother, and they take 60%. It is what it is. If we were to send packages like this, the debt will not automatically disappear. So we wouldn't be 'saving $$$'. We would just delay paying it. And I can't wait until it's paid off and we're done with it.
    I'm in the same situation, although we had ours reduced by 10% so now pay 55% instead of the 65% I was paying, having the mandatory 10% savings taken off. For us the debt will never be paid, unless i pay it out in a lump sum because of not only the debt but compound interest. I understand where you are coming from though. Still i appreciate the care packages i am able to send if only to save a few dollars and give him a little more.

    I believe Texas is behind in regard to the treatment of prisoners and where families are concerned, but i hope the care packages end up being more than what is introduced in the first instance. I like that i can go shopping on line for my mate, i guess i have started to appreciate the small crap i can do because to be honest, as far as all that goes, there really is very little we are able to do for them and i know how looks forward to even the smallest of surprises.
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    We're lucky, Hubby has no restitution or court fees to pay (he's checked). But the shipping is already the more expensive part of anything I send him from outside TDCJ. I ordered a few things from Texas Prison Bookstore this week and the shipping was double the cost of the items - and it's only got to travel a few miles! The only reason I do it occasionally is because they don't always have those items at the store when he goes.

    TDCJ have us over a barrel and they know it.
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