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 on: Today at 10:29:45 AM 
Started by Forevermah - Last post by me
Jaf, you don't get that charge if you use a debit card.  But with the credit card, it has always been that way for me whether I use WU or Jpay. 

I prefer WU personally.  Plus you earn points that sometimes add up to a free transfer.  That small savings add's up.

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 on: Today at 09:49:26 AM 
Started by Forevermah - Last post by trauma4us
I do the monthly "charge my credit card" for my loved one.  I do have the JPAY fee but no credit card fee.

I have unfortunately had my debit card compromised by the Schnucks problem a year or so ago and then more recently in the Target security breach.

So...although I have a debit card, I do not use it.

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 on: Today at 09:29:54 AM 
Started by Forevermah - Last post by jaf
It's also known as taking advantage of the disadvantaged.  Statistically it's the poor people that are incarcerated so for many families trying to put money in the books, it can be a real hardship to pay the extra "service fee" associated with JPAY.

You're so right, Trauma.

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 on: Today at 09:28:56 AM 
Started by Forevermah - Last post by jaf
And this is why I keep trying to get people involved to help make them get speedier with the money orders.

I also recently noticed that when I used Western Union, not only was I charged $9 by WU for my transaction, I also had a $10 "cash advance fee" added to my credit card bill! !  On my bill, the WU transaction was in the list with regular transactions, but at the bottom of the bill, the cash advance fee was in a separate place.

After that, I went back to JPay and while using their website to transfer money, I noticed a statement that said if you use a credit card, you may be charged a "cash advance fee" by the credit card company.  I've looked at my transactions online, but haven't received a statement yet to see if this fee is added onto the bottom of this months. 

I will try a debit card next time to see what happens.

I'd rather go back to money orders, but that takes way to long for some circumstances.   

It's completely unacceptable to charge families such high fees.   We really need to work on this together!





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 on: Today at 08:09:09 AM 
Started by Forevermah - Last post by trauma4us
It's also known as taking advantage of the disadvantaged.  Statistically it's the poor people that are incarcerated so for many families trying to put money in the books, it can be a real hardship to pay the extra "service fee" associated with JPAY.

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 on: Today at 07:55:04 AM 
Started by Forevermah - Last post by Forevermah

Interesting story about Jpay ...I think IDOC should read this too.


JPay’s rapid rise stems in part from the generous deal it offers many prison systems. They pay nothing to have JPay take over handling financial transfers. And for every payment it accepts in these states — prisoners typically receive about one per month — the company sends between 50 cents and $2.50 back to the prison operator. These profit-sharing arrangements, which vendors offer as deal-sweeteners in contract negotiations, are known in the industry as “commissions.”





http://time.com/3446372/criminal-justice-prisoners-profit/

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 on: Today at 07:20:44 AM 
Started by Forevermah - Last post by Forevermah


Report: Warden was living with known sexual predator

Man living in her home arrested on multiple child porn counts
Published: Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 7:49 p.m. CDT Updated: Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 10:37 p.m. CDT




DIXON Dixon Correctional Center's warden was placed on paid administrative leave after Sterling police arrested a man living in her home on felony child pornography charges, ABC Chicago reported Monday night.

Robert L. Swon, 27, was arrested Sept. 19 by Sterling police following a 6-month investigation when images of child pornography were found on his computer, apparently downloaded from the Internet, a Sterling Police Department news release said at the time.

According to court documents, the children in the photographs were apparently under the age of 13.

The correctional center's warden, Nedra Chandler, is well known for providing a home to foster children. At the time of a 2009 profile of her by Sauk Valley Media, she had fostered 15 children in as many years. It's unknown if she was fostering any children at the time of Swon's arrest.

A statement Monday night from the Illinois Department of Corrections, obtained by ABC Chicago, said that the agency "has zero tolerance for wrongdoing or poor judgment. ... Within an hour of being notified of the investigation of Mr. Swon, Warden Chandler was placed on administrative leave and IDOC opened its own investigation."

Swon is in Whiteside County Jail on four counts of possessing child pornography and one count of failure to register as a sex offender. His bond is set at $100,000.

He was previously convicted of possession of child pornography in Whiteside County in 2009. According to court documents, in that incident, investigators found sexual photographs of a girl who appeared to be under the age of 5, as well as a video of a boy and girl having sex both under the age of 16.

For that offense, as part of a plea deal, Swon was sentenced to 30 months of probation, in addition to the 180 days of jail time already served.

In August 2012, he was pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to 2 years in prison. In September 2013, he was released.


http://www.saukvalley.com/2014/09/29/report-warden-was-living-with-known-sexual-predator/a8uvcqp/

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 on: September 29, 2014, 09:41:26 PM 
Started by Jabs - Last post by Forevermah
Thank you. No, it is an 85% served for four years. So I think that means no matter what you do you are still there 3.4 years, correct? It could have been considered probational if it was changed to a different charge for the same crime but the county didnt want to. Didnt want to hear the story either. No criminal history and an offense many receive probation for and other states dont charge as highly. Anger, sadness, fear - all rolled into one. Human mistake.

You can take anything you want if you can get into them, but you won't earn credit, you have to do 85% of the 48 months with an 85% conviction.

We understand about mistakes, many members here with LO's  in prison because that made mistakes, bad choices and wish they could change it. Us LO's suffer too.

 9 
 on: September 29, 2014, 09:37:50 PM 
Started by Jabs - Last post by Jabs
Thank you. No, it is an 85% served for four years. So I think that means no matter what you do you are still there 3.4 years, correct? It could have been considered probational if it was changed to a different charge for the same crime but the county didnt want to. Didnt want to hear the story either. No criminal history and an offense many receive probation for and other states dont charge as highly. Anger, sadness, fear - all rolled into one. Human mistake.

 10 
 on: September 29, 2014, 08:59:07 PM 
Started by Ilpt123 - Last post by Ilpt123
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