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Haven’t heard back from penpal

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flower13
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Haven’t heard back from penpal

This is a long shot but i'm not sure what else to do, i have a penpal in Ohio and we've been talking everyday for a few weeks, but now i haven't heard from him since June 13. i tried googling stuff to see if jpay was down or if they're maybe on lockdown but i couldn't find any info. I tried to search him up on the ohio correctional institutions website but nothing shows up.. i had searched him on there a week prior and was able to find him but now nothing. Could he have gotten randomly transferred somewhere else? Does anyone know anything or is experiencing the same issue? 

stephania
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You definitely should still be able to find him on the inmate locator through the website, not sure why you suddenly wouldn't be able to. If he got transferred he still would show up on the DOC website as long as he still was in Ohio but it would just list the new prison he was transferred to. As for not hearing from him, don't stress yourself out over it!! I definitely have done it before but I am sure your PP is doing alright and probably just got busy. Also, Ohio is having issues with COVID-19 in the prisons right now, depending upon which prison he is at it he could be on lockdown due to that. 

flower13
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Thanks for replying! i finally got one email back from him yesterday, he said he got my emails and was replying to them all, but i guess they weren't delivering.. it's back to silence though, haven't heard anything else. so maybe jpay really is messing up, this has happened once before but not for this many days at a time. Just sucks :-( 

stephania
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I'm glad you heard from him!! Jpay probably isn't going through because I think the facility has to approve it before it goes anywhere and if the facility he is at has COVID-19 bad then I could imagine that would slow things down. I did some googling and BECI, LAECI, LOCI, CRC, TCI, and a few others are in full/majority lockdowns right now so if he is in any of those then it is definitely the virus causing things to slow down. :)