APRIL 26, 2005 - Posted at 8:15 a.m. CDT
PINE BLUFF, AR - The state is making it easier for family and friends of inmates to send money to their prison accounts. They can now make online deposits on the state's official Web site. The service was added recently to the site at www.arkansas.gov. Deposits can be made by credit card by entering the inmate's identification number. The numbers are available on the state Department of Correction Web site. The only transaction possible is a deposit to an inmate's account.
At prison commisaries, inmates can buy pens, pencils, writing paper, snacks and other items. Department of Correction assistant director of administrative services Sheila Sharp says the commisaries pay for themselves and any extra money goes toward such improvements as recreational equipment for the inmates or tables for prison visits.