In a few months, two of JPay’s most popular services will arrive in Virginia Department of Corrections facilities: inmate email and the JP4 personal music player. JPay already helps the friends and family members of Virginia inmates send money online and over the phone (since 2007), but with the launch of email and music, JPay customers will have more options than ever for supporting and communicating with their loved ones.
Email, which has never been offered before in Virginia, allows friends and family members to send regular text emails, as well as photo attachments and to receive replies by email. Every email and attachment will need to have a JPay stamp, which usually costs around $0.30 (pricing varies by state, and specific stamp prices for Virginia have not been set).
JPay’s music program features the brand-new JP4 mini-tablet, which provides inmates with a way to listen to music and play simple games in their living units. Inmates purchase music from the JPay kiosks, then download the songs or albums onto their JP4 player. The JP4 (or the earlier version, the JP3) is one of JPay’s most popular products, as you can probably imagine, and is currently available in five states.
Inmates access both the email and JP4 music programs through JPay kiosks installed in the facilities’ common areas. Kiosks are just beginning to be installed, and should be ready to go in a few months.
The Virginia DOC supervises 29,706 offenders as of August 2012. Inmates are housed in 49 state-operated facilities, including 28 Major Institutions, 8 Correctional Field Units, 6 Work Centers, 4 Diversion Centers and 3 Detention Centers. The largest facility is Greenville Correctional Center near Jarratt, VA, with a population of 2,686.