CSNSW has made depositing money into inmate accounts easier.
Families and friends can electronically deposit funds by using BPAY (internet and phone banking). They can also visit any Australia Post outlet to make deposits by cash or debit card.
Commissioner Peter Severin said CSNSW is phasing out cash, cheque and money order deposits at its prisons. 'Up until now, families and friends have had to visit our prisons to deposit money into an inmate's account,' Mr Severin said.
'Inmates rely on these transactions to purchase food, toiletries, magazines, newspapers and telephone credits for calls that keep them in contact with their family and friends while in custody.'
From 11 August, CSNSW will no longer accept money by post. By October, cash deposits will not be accepted at correctional centres.
The Commissioner said this approach is more secure and convenient. 'Families and friends will have more flexibility in putting funds into an inmate's account at any time,' he said.
'And accessing and learning to budget with private funds are part of an inmate's re-integration back into the community.'
CSNSW has informed inmates about the change and encouraged them to let their families and friends know about the service.
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