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Michigan prison JPAY

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theelfieamanda
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Michigan prison JPAY

Hello,

I have a few questions about prisoners in department of corrections in MICHIGAN

1. I wonder if they can answer via jpay and if yes, when do they do that (which hours usually) or do they reply via letters?

2. I don't know if an inmate got my jpay email, because it's been like 5 days with a weekend in the middle, but i'm still worried.

I need your help

Thanks in advance

ST4s
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Hi theelfieamanda, yes, Michigan has 2-way communication via JPay. As far as what time of day someone has access to it, I have no idea. Some places rotate inmates out in small groups throughout the day (e.g. to get to the kiosk, showers, etc.) as a Covid-containment strategy, so, it could be any time.

Re: five days for a reply, it could be anything. I've had to wait longer than that sometimes, and a lot of the time it's been due to faulty equipment on the facility side (e.g. the kiosk not syncing).

teg44
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Hey, I communicate with my friend via JPay back and forth, and the times I get replies vary. 
I haven't heard from him in 2 weeks though I'm not sure why or if anyone else is having problems? 

theelfieamanda
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Omfg i know right, with me it's now more than one week. I can't believe how much this app sucks and u even have to pay for it

Mapa
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Hi, I didn't heard from my friend too since 3weeks ... Idk if it's Jpay or them having troubles....

Mapa
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Hi, I didn't heard from my friend too since 3weeks ... Idk if it's Jpay or them having troubles....

mkat99
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Hey There!

So it does depend on which facility they're at and what level the prison is. My boyfriend is at Central Michigan Correctional Facility which is a level 1. So there are a few kiosks in the dayroom, and they have to wait in line to use it, and then once they log in they have 15 minutes until it logs them out and their turn is up. They can also buy tablets, so they have to plug the tablet into the kiosk and they can download all of their messages and then take the tablet back to their cube and spend as much time as they want to reply. Some facilities the messages will upload automatically, usually if they are in a lockdown unit where they spend 23 hours in their celI. I have a friend at a different facility and he can only use the kiosk once a week or so because they have a lot locked down because of covid. They are moving a lot of people around and changing some routines so that could be why too. 

Also, jpay can be twitchy sometimes but once you send something on jpay, the facility has to actually look at it and approve it. So if it is a long message, those tend to take longer to go through I have sent my boyfriend two messages back to back and it took him two get the long one and only 30 minutes to get the short one. Sometimes messages will come out of order as well. When you do get the message it will show the date and time that he actually sent it, so that's usually a good way to judge about how long his facility will take. My boyfriend usually gets my messages within 30 minutes to an hour after i send them and same when he sends one but he can check jpay anywhere from about 6am until 12am since he is in a low level facility. Did you attatch a pre paid stamp as well? Also i know you didnt ask about pictues but i figured i would throw this in, if you send them on jpay, sometimes they can print them, my boyfriend cant, so he can only look at them when he logs in, so if you want him to be able to hang them at his bunk you should print them on white copy paper and send them via snail mail. Sending pitures via jpay on weekends means that no one will look at them for approval until Monday, so i always ty to send any pictures before friday so he can se them right away. Hope this helps! If you have any other questions comment back and i can ty to help. 

Hey0325@@
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My name is Lamar Etter #577000. I am at the Saginaw correctional facility in freeland, Michigan. I need help to prove my innocence. I was 'soldier's by the system because I had a court appointed lawyer was did nothing to help me. I have a pay account for all response. I thank God that my family w friends have stayed by my side. Or respond by email at anthonyetter [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Mogo_
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Hello Teg44, have you had an answer since? If so, how long did it take ? 

Thank you xo

Mogo_
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Hello :) did you have an answer since then ? i send a jpay last week to someone in Michigan and i still have no reply.
Thank you :)

Farfromhome
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I would also like to point out the Michigan prisons are one of the hardest hit by Covid in the USA. So lots of inmates locked down/ in quarantine 

Mk23
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I have a friend at Chippewa and last email I got he said they got quarantined and haven't heard back in over a week :( hoping they are ok 

Hopkins21
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Have you heard sth back from Chippewa? I didn´t hear anything since July 12th and I am really concerned.

Mk23
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Hopkins21 : I haven't heard anything yet. Last I heard from my friend was the 10th.. I'm thinking maybe they have them on lockdown because of the outbreak. 

Hopkins21
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MK23: Thank you so much, I have heard sth on 9th the last time and he was in such a bad mood at that time already. I hope they are ok.