Mini-tablet for Prisons Now Available in Louisiana, Virginia, Washington and N. Dakota!

Posted by: on Feb 4, 2013 | 130 Comments

The JP4 (R) mini-tablet is also available in Virginia, Washington and North Dakota.  

JPay’s revolutionary mini-tablet, the JP4, is now available for purchase in all Louisiana state correctional facilities.  You can also buy the JP4 player for a Louisiana inmate online at  Additionally, all Louisiana  facilities now allow inmates to browse and buy digital music on the JPay kiosks installed in the living units.

Six prisons in Virginia have also begun offering the JP4 for sale.  Just like in Louisiana, inmates can purchase the players directly from the kiosk using their commissary funds, or their friends and family members can purchase one on their behalf from

The JP4 device is a mini tablet computer designed and built for the correctional environment.  It features a responsive touch screen, a built-in music player, an FM tuner, a calendar, and comes pre-loaded with several games and other applications.  At the low price of just $49.99, the JP4 is simultaneously one of the most affordable and most powerful personal media devices available to inmates today.

How to buy a JP4 for an inmate

If you have a loved one in Virginia or Louisiana and you’d like to buy them a JP4, first

  • Log into your JPay account (new users can create a free account here)
  • Click on the Music section
  • Use your debit or credit card to complete the purchase.

The JP4 will be delivered directly to the inmate.

How to fund an inmate’s media account

If you would like to add funds to your loved one’s media account so they can purchase a JP4 or music tracks to play on it, first:

  • Log into your JPay account 
  • Click into the Music section
  • Click “Send JPay Credits”
  • Follow the directions to send credits

JPay Credits deposited into the media account are not subject to restitution or other deductions (like funds sent to commissary or spendable accounts), though the money can only be used for the purchase of media.

Where the JP4 is available in Louisiana (all prisons):

Allen Correctional Center (ALC)
Avoyelles Correctional Center (AVC)
BB “Sixty” Rayburn Correctional Center (RCC)
C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center (PCC)
David Wade Correctional Center (WCC)
Dixon Correctional Institute (DCI)
Elayn Hunt Correctional Center (HCC)
Forcht-Wade Correctional Center (FWC)
J. Levy Dabadie Correctional Center (DCC)
Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCW)
Louisiana State Penitentiary (LSP)
Winn Correctional Center (WNC)
Where the JP4 is available in Virginia (six prisons and counting):

Sussex II State Prison
Sussex I State Prison
Nottoway Correctional Center
Red Onion State Prison
Wallens Ridge State Prison
Keen Mountain Correctional Center

Where the JP4 is available in Washington:

Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women
Washington Corrections Center for Women
Larch Corrections Center
Washington Corrections Center
Clallam Bay Corrections Center
Cedar Creek Corrections Center
Monroe Correctional Complex
Stafford Creek Corrections Center
Airway Heights Corrections Center
Coyote Ridge Corrections Center
Washington State Penitentiary

Where the JP4 is available in North Dakota:

James River Correctional Center
Missouri River Correctional Center
North Dakota State Penitentiary
Dakota Women’s Correctional and Rehabilitation Center


  1. Happy Everyday
    July 16, 2013

    I would love for this to be in Illinois…

  2. carol kobus
    July 10, 2013

    just a suggestion, a plan, I will write 2 letters on the 21 of July, mail one to the warden of McConnalle unit, and one to Brad Livenston, some officer at the tdcj , names and titles can be got on internet, so I,m asking all who has people at this unit in texas to write, we will ask for the tablets be allowed there. then I,ll do it again on 15 of coming months date change because I,m on va. and have missed this months 15th date. every one else write their relatives unit, where ever you are. a journey begins with a single step, thanks carol

  3. Editor
    July 9, 2013

    Hi Pattie,

    Unfortunately, there is no set schedule as to when JPay services are introduced into a particular facility or state. That’s up to the agency. You can always see what is available where your loved one is by checking the Availability page on

    Hope this helps,

  4. Pattie T
    July 8, 2013

    Does ANYONE know what the schedule is OR how to facilitate getting these nice features into the various prison systems at all states? My son is in Michigan and they do have the email system but I have not heard of any additional features coming. Where does one go to in order to find this out. I’ve noticed that many users here have commented or asked this very same question….does anyone from monitor these “Reply’s” on their website? VERY CURIOUS MOM

  5. momto6kidz
    July 8, 2013

    i wish they would allow something like this in the state of california. is there any chance of that happening?

  6. Billie boswell
    July 7, 2013

    I wished y’all can get this in Texas prisons my husband needs on cause these phones keep messing up n I need time with him

  7. Sandee-Jesse's Mom
    July 5, 2013

    Please bring this new device to the men and women in the Florida Prison System…my son is in Apalachee Correctional Institute in Sneads, FL…I don’t get to see my son very often and it would sure give me some peace to know that he has something to keep his mind occupied. I pray to God above that this happens for all of the inmates (our loved ones). Thank you.

  8. ingrid aka (jaysgirl)
    July 4, 2013

    My husband in a Northern California Fire Camp and fight’s fire’s as well as helps the community daily! These inmate fire fighter’s really should have the privilege of having a loved one send one of these devices as well as all prison inmates in California!

  9. Blu
    July 3, 2013

    Yes it would be nice if the Michigan prisoners are able to get them. I heard it was suppose to be available in July. Sadly have not seen it yet here. Please

  10. ann
    July 1, 2013

    can we please get this in Pa. it would be fantastic….

  11. Suzanne
    June 18, 2013

    I wish the JP4 mini tablets would come to Georgia. It would make life a little easier on my incarcerated step-daughter.

  12. Ry
    June 16, 2013

    ohio should really get these!!!!!!

  13. carol kobus
    June 10, 2013

    I too wish mini t6ablet for tdcj , texas prisons. it would benefit some people, until the guards get a hold of them,

  14. Suzanne
    June 9, 2013

    I love JPay. My finance is in Chillicothe Ohio Correctional and we have access to JPay, phone, and e-mail, and video visitations. We have not used the video communication yet, not sure on cost. It is such an awesome way to keep connected with him. I would hope that all prison systems allow the inmates to communicate with their love ones, it makes a big difference while they are away. I pray that other institutions get aboard and get these communications open for other inmates.

  15. Billie Boswell
    June 6, 2013

    My husband would love to have this cause I am always telling him music n certain songs to listen too. It will make him feel closer to his wife n family. Please bring it to Texas thanks

  16. Michelle
    June 2, 2013

    When is this coming to Ohio?? My fiance is in a disciplinary block with 22 hour lock down! he counts the bricks in his cell, not sure how that is reform but needless to say it doesnt help him stay very sane and positive. He only has 4 years left… he needs to have a healthy brain when he comes home. This will help his brain stay active and will let time pass easier. Hurry! What can we do to help speed up the process??!!

  17. Nancy k Guerra
    May 27, 2013

    Can we also approve such a tablet for the prisons
    IN California

  18. lea
    May 24, 2013

    I too wish Texas would get with it they don’t have jpay for the inmate to use and if they would get the jp4 it would be so grate Texas has nothing we need to come together and get with Texas
    to get more for our loved one’s

  19. Sherron
    May 22, 2013

    I would love to see this come to Texas Correctional Facilities. This would be so calming for the inmates & probably cut back on the violence. My son would most definitely have one.

  20. Glenda
    May 21, 2013

    I would love to have this in Michigan. It would be great for our family member to have access. Looking for it.

  21. vicki tohompson
    May 20, 2013

    Missouri prisons are so far behind they don’t even allow email. I would love for this and other up to date programs to be allowed in Missouri prisons.

  22. Pauline Starcevich
    May 20, 2013

    Wish these would come to Nevada. Is there any
    chance the tablet might come to Nevada?

  23. Nely Elizondo
    May 20, 2013

    VERY true about this being a help on lowering trouble in prisons. Theres not much for inmates to do in South Carolina facilities..this is indeed a necessity..Especially for those who are limited on money or distance being an issue for families..please dont let this go unrecognized (people miss their especially) What is there to do to make this possible….?

  24. Lashonda Williams
    May 20, 2013

    The JP4 needs to come to the prisons in Texas. It would workout so well here also.

  25. Leisa Pough
    May 18, 2013

    I would love for this to come to South Carolina prisons. We are usually the last to receive something new. This would keep a lot of the men from getting into trouble. This would help to occupy the inmates time and let them communicate to their loved ones who are unable to visit.

  26. Kathe Lynom
    May 15, 2013

    I REALLY wish Missouri would come into the millenium and allow their inmates to get things like the JP4 and video visitation–why not? The inmates are people, too!

  27. Michelle
    May 14, 2013

    I would Love Love Love to see this Device come to Miami Correctional Facility. This would be a very good Device for the inmate’s and it will give them just a little bit more to do.

  28. Stacey Banks
    May 10, 2013

    Saying my prayers that this makes it way to PA soon

  29. Brandi DeRuiter
    May 9, 2013

    My Michigan inmate said they are getting these next month! Very exciting. And yes they include JPay email.

  30. christina
    May 7, 2013

    i really wish they would offer this in pa states lets try to come together to see what we have to do to make this happen !!!!!

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