How to Use CorrLinks to E-mail Federal Prisoners for Free

Updated on May 2, 2016

How to Use CorrLinks to E-mail Federal Prisoners for Free

CorrLinks is the official e-mail system used by the Bureau of Prisons to allow federal inmates to communicate with those on the outside. Inmates pay in order to use CorrLinks. However, it is free to those on the outside. You can upgrade to a premium account for a small fee, but this is not necessary. In this hub, I will show you, step-by-step, how to set up a CorrLinks account and use it to e-mail federal prison inmates for free.

Step 1: Receive an Invitation.

In order to communicate with federal prison inmates, you must first receive an e-mail request from them (which means you must first give them your e-mail address). You can actually register for a CorrLinks account without first receiving the request; but you will not be able to e-mail any inmates, yet (click here to simply register for an account; and continue reading from "Step 3: Registration" for help on the registration process. Ignore all of the instructions about the Inmate Identification Code until you receive it).

The inmate request will come to your e-mail inbox (sometimes, it shows up as spam; so you might need to check your spam box) after you give them your e-mail address and they submit it to the CorrLinks system. The sender will be "CorrLinks", and the subject will include the name of the inmate. Click on the name of the inmate in the subject box to proceed to the next step.

Step 2: The Inmate Request

Two crucial pieces of information are given to you in the inmate request e-mail. The first one is the link to the CorrLinks web site. The second one is the Inmate Identification Code. The Inmate Identification Code comes in handy later. What you want to do at this point is click on the link to the CorrLinks web site in order to register for a CorrLinks account, if you don't already have one. That will take you to the CorrLinks Login / Registration page.

Step 3: Registration

Click Register. This will take you to the Sign Up / E-mail Address and Password page.

Step 4: Sign Up / E-mail Address and Password Page

Fill out all of the required information and copy and paste the Inmate Identification Code from Step 2 into the Identification Code box at the bottom of the page. Make sure you use the same e-mail address here in which you received the request to e-mail a federal inmate or else their identification code won't work. Click on the check box, then click "Next". You will be sent a verification e-mail to your e-mail inbox.

Step 5: Enable E-mail Alerts

If prompted, at any time to input an inmate's ID code, make sure you click the "Enable E-mail Alert" check box. Then click "Accept". This will send notices to your regular e-mail inbox whenever they message you through CorrLinks. Otherwise, they could be sending you messages and you will never know it, unless you regularly check CorrLinks.

Step 6: Verification E-mail

The verification e-mail will come from the sender: "Web@CorrLinks.com", and the subject line will read: "Sign Up Verification Link". Click on the link to proceed.

Step 7: Sign Up Verification Link

Click on the verification link. It will take you to the Sign Up / Account Details page.

Step 8: Sign Up / Account Details Page

Fill out all of the required information and then click "Next". You will be taken to your CorrLinks account page.

Step 9: CorrLinks Account Page

Your account is set up. Now I will show you how to e-mail federal prisoners which you have approved for correspondence. Click on the "Mailbox" icon to access your mailbox.

Step 10: Mailbox

Now click "New Message". You will be taken to your message box, where you can compose messages.

Step 11: Message Box

Click in the area of the red circle to get a drop down list, where you can select inmates to compose messages to.

Step 12: Compose a Message

Select the inmates you want to e-mail by clicking the check box along the left side of their names. You can write messages to individual or numerous inmates at a time. Then click "OK". The rest is like writing a regular e-mail. Sometimes, at this point, when attempting to e-mail an inmate, you will get a messaging stating that they are "pending approval". If that is the case, you must wait until the pending period is over before composing a message to them. This usually doesn't take any longer than a day or so.

If you have any questions about using CorrLinks, please leave them in the comment box below.

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      Carol Rafferty 

      2 days ago

      I need to block the inmate that I was writing to. He is causing too many problems & I want no parts of him any longer.

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      Tasha ferguson 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi im trying to message a inmate but how do u do that and not pay and i dont know if i set up my account right for me to message

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      Zeke R 

      4 weeks ago

      I was trying to leave a email through Corrlinks to a friend and I wasn't finished and had to leave. I pushed save and now I can't find it. can someone help me or tell me where I can find that saved email on CorrLinks so I can send it please and thank you in advance

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      Tanya White 

      6 weeks ago

      when I send a message through Corrlinks to the inmate how do I know if they read the message I sent them?

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      Norma Webb-Green 

      4 months ago

      517897 is the new registration code that I was provided via text. But I have not yet seen where to enter this code. I am trying to register for free messaging. I have been previously registered and messaging my son and the account ran out of money. And I have tried to re-register Please send appropriate info so that I might continue

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      Chelsea 

      4 months ago

      The verification code hasn’t come through what do I do

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      Ronnie Gray Westmoreland 

      4 months ago

      We dose not have my email no more

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      Ales carr 

      6 months ago

      Trying to figure out how to contact a friend he has not sent me an invite because we lost track of each other so he no longer has my email address because I got a new one so how do I get a identification code if he has not emailed me or don’t know how to

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      Hswars 

      8 months ago

      This is A load of crap. I've been taken for 60.00 and my bank can't even figure it out. I had to close my bank account

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      Sparkles 

      9 months ago

      From veiws im seeing the #1 thing i can inform you of is check the prison that your person is held at and ask them what service that they offer for outside communication such as corrlinks or jpay.

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      Ebony 

      10 months ago

      I like this app more than the textin app..

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      Blanchhie pino 

      11 months ago

      is it any other way that I can get shiny and I just want to take some

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      Amy 

      14 months ago

      It will not let me email anybody it says message received how can i get it off and let me email

    • profile image

      Mary Allen 

      14 months ago

      How do i add money to my account?

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      Brandon hunter 

      14 months ago

      I know it took me a little but im trying to get this shot started

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      Gary smith 

      15 months ago

      Hello Andrea I think I got it right maybe.

    • profile image

      Kim71981 

      16 months ago

      Hi how are you?

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      Sherry 

      19 months ago

      how is it free for the outside when it doesnt let me reply. It keeps telling me that I have to put money on the account. I get his emails just cant reply. Please help

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      Cj 

      19 months ago

      How do i add an inmate

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      Brittany 

      19 months ago

      I put money on account and the inmate hasnt recieved any messages nor can send any....this seems to be a common problem by the looks of the reviews...

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      Mary 

      20 months ago

      My husband is in zapata jail, and I received an email stating he had corrlinks, but no access code. He has the screen but he says its asking for the last 4 of his social security number, he doesnt have one. So what other info does he put, since gaurds dont answer any questions

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      Tiffany Burnette 

      20 months ago

      how does this work my husband in federal prison i bought this and for some reason its not free for him to send me messages can anybody help please

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      Nyna 

      21 months ago

      I had a name & number in my corrlinks account & it’s removed is it anyway I can get it back.

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      Tara lynn 

      21 months ago

      How can i add money for injnmate to check emails

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      Lisa 

      21 months ago

      How to add the Corrlinks app to my phone?

    • profile image

      Sheila 

      21 months ago

      How do I log out of corrlinks

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      jennifer 

      21 months ago

      how do i add funds tonmy account

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      Allison Candley 

      22 months ago

      How do I get a printout of the text messages that came in to me from a particular inmate

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      Chaday pompey 

      22 months ago

      Hey my 2week trial expired soon how do I renew it I’m lost

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      Rhonrhinton 

      22 months ago

      The title is deceiving it’s not free to use corrlinks federally or state both charge so it’s just instructional and that’s that so if u need step by step with lots of adds an sorta this is for u others go you tube lol,

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      Laken greenhaw 

      22 months ago

      I've went through every folderand email one by one and he has sent the code twice.. I can't find it.please help

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      Kimberly Virgin 

      23 months ago

      I'm having a hard time beginning correspondence when I click on began correspondence there's nothing else to click on after that so I can sign up and get this thing going I don't know what I can do but I've gotten these emails from my friend for 2 months and I cannot get this thing started

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      ej williams 

      23 months ago

      how do you get character back on your site to email

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      Sonja 

      23 months ago

      My husband is at Englewood federal prison and I'm looking for the ID code for CorrLinks

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      Sandy george 

      23 months ago

      I put money on my corrlink account. I used it up now im trying to add more money. How do i do that? I wanna beable to send more messages. Help

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      treasureofjules 

      23 months ago

      Thank you for this website ! I was able to send this around to all of the friends and family for our loved one so that folks knew exactly how to communicate with him.

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      Hinita L Jones 

      24 months ago

      How to add funds to a inmate email on corrlinks?

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      Jenny 

      2 years ago

      I signed up after I got the email from corrlinks but it never sent me a verification link. Although the inmate is still on my corrlinks account and I am able to write him but I am not getting any messages back. Is something wrong?

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      corrlinks 

      2 years ago

      i read your article , and this very helpfull to me

      CorrLinks is a way for family and friends to electronically communicate with their loved ones incarcerated in institutions. Established through a relationship. https://corrlinks.logins.xyz/

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      Pervez 

      2 years ago

      Can an inmate use their own existing email address to communicate.?

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      Kaitlyn 

      2 years ago

      It says free to the outside, but for some reason I have to replenish my account to send or respond to his e mail. It is only 5 cents but it won't even let me add money to do so... Did I do something wrong to where it is charging me each e mail

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      Donna 

      2 years ago

      Signed up for the premium account in order to eliminate the captcha texting. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong however I'm still having to type in the captcha. Help please

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      Abdul Qawi 

      2 years ago

      I've recently had the free corrlink messages it ran out and I'm trying to pay for it using my girlfriends debit card but it won't allow me to do so help

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      ujproperty.tf@gmail.com 

      2 years ago

      This website has been very helpful for the past year with communicating back and forth with my husband. life would have been much harder not being able to text for information I need on a day-to-day basis. Thanks. Spouse

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      Erin 

      2 years ago

      How do I add a second inmates code to my corrlinks account?

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      Linda 

      2 years ago

      I didn't receive a mail from corrlinks with an identification code but I have a pending request so what do I do now??

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      Sandi 

      2 years ago

      I signed up to receive alerts on my cell phone and don't know how to use it. How do I delete this service?

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      Laura 

      2 years ago

      It says free to the outside, but for some reason I have to replenish my account to send or respond to his e mail. It is only 5 cents but it won't even let me add money to do so... Did I do something wrong to where it is charging me each e mail

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      Hel 

      2 years ago

      Do the prisoners get your personal information like phone number and home address

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      Judy Gross 

      2 years ago

      Am not receiving e-mails and do not know if he is receiving his?

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      Janine 

      2 years ago

      I need a verification code

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      Sheila Marlowe 

      2 years ago

      When I send an email, how much does it cost the inmate?

    • profile image

      judy sanchez 

      2 years ago

      I already have an account but i cant login anymore or some reason.

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      Teresa 

      2 years ago

      I already have an account, how do I add a third inmate

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      diana frost grandmad69@yahoo.com 

      2 years ago

      How do I get more characters?

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      Dawnne 

      2 years ago

      How do I add funds to my corrlinks account so he is not charged for emailing me back?

    • profile image

      Michelle 

      2 years ago

      I have an corrlinks account i changed my password and i don't have sprint or boost mobile i have cricket i would like to be able to text my daughter

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      Jessica 

      2 years ago

      How can I tell if my inmate has read my sent messages?

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      evette goodridge 

      2 years ago

      I try to login to my account to email my inmates ?

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      Jennifer 

      2 years ago

      I am having trouble adding a second inmate to my corrlinks account. I received the invite email and followed the steps to manage my inmate list but it says no record found. Please help

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      Courtney 

      2 years ago

      How do you add money for them to be able to message you or open your messages

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      Amanda Froehlich 

      2 years ago

      I registered but I did like everything already before I got the inmate invite did I mess things up

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      Delores Landry 

      2 years ago

      want emails sent to mobile number!!!!! ITS ON COMPUTER CAN I GET IT SENT TO CELL PHONE ALSO?

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      Kendra Knapp 

      2 years ago

      I misplaced my password, how do I reset it?

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      Laquisha Cotton 

      2 years ago

      I can’t even add my boyfriend he only got 5numbers for his id I need help

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      JSchenk 

      2 years ago

      I have the same issue that Jean has below. Is the site down?

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      Jean 

      2 years ago

      I have problems signing up on corrlinks, when i put in my password, it doesn"t go through, when i try to create a new one, it does"t go through, what can I do

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      prisoners resourc 

      2 years ago

      Rialyn.....the alert doesnt go to your phone it goes to the email address you used to sign up, however with our service that works with the Corrlinks application, we take all the guess work out. https://www.prisonersresource.com/text-service/

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      Rialyn 

      2 years ago

      I can log in..but can't see the message or doesn't give me alert to my phone need help

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      prisoners resourc 

      2 years ago

      nacho.... What are you needing?

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      prisoners resourc 

      2 years ago

      ehud.... just restart with correct email address. However see how we have simplified things for you and your loved one at https://www.prisonersresource.com/text-service/

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      prisoners resourc 

      2 years ago

      Kamecy... That means you thread of characters exceeded the max characters that corrlinks allows. Simply start a new message to reply

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      prisoners resourc 

      2 years ago

      Samia... was sent to you via email to the email address the individual used in their corrlinks contacts. With our system we eliminate those codes. Read more of what we do and how we simplify things at https://www.prisonersresource.com/text-service/

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      Ehud 

      2 years ago

      How do I cancel a wrong registration to corlinks?

      I printed a wrong email address.

      How do I restart registration ?

      Thanks

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      Kamecy 

      2 years ago

      What does message exceed on corrlinks mean? I got a message and I'm trying to respond to it but I can't

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      Samia 

      2 years ago

      I am unable to get identification code for in registration process.how can i find that?help me out please

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      prisoners resourc 

      2 years ago

      Jessica..... To block an individual on Corrlinks, you would simply log into Corrlinks, Select Account Management, Click Manage My Inmate List, then click the word BLOCK to the right of the inmates name.

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      prisoners resourc 

      2 years ago

      babygirl..... You would have to be more descriptive with the issue. We have however made it easier to stay connected to your loved one: https://www.prisonersresource.com/text-service/

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      prisoners resourc 

      2 years ago

      Aaron.... when you refer to characters im assuming you are referring to the individual using corrlinks behind the fence? If that is the case, THAT INDIVIDUAL WOULD have to send another request that you would accept in order to be able to contact them

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      prisoners resourc 

      2 years ago

      Harry.... It does not matter what email service you use. As long as the email can be accessed by you. We have however made it easier to stay connected to your loved one: https://www.prisonersresource.com/text-service/

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      prisoners resourc 

      2 years ago

      Jan... Are you referring to the CODE? The code is sent to the email the individual used when he sent the invitation. That code is what typically it is referring to. We have however made it easier to stay connected to your loved one: https://www.prisonersresource.com/text-service/

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      Jan 

      2 years ago

      How do I get the identification number for my inmate it won't let me access his number that I hope inmate number

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      Harry Snider 

      2 years ago

      Is a Yahoo e-mail account required or can I use my g-mail account?

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      Aaron Tenner 

      2 years ago

      How do you get characters back on your account so you can email

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      Babygirl 

      2 years ago

      Im trying to email not letting me

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      WESTINA Jeffers 

      3 years ago

      The emails aren't going through , why aren't the email being sent or received ?

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      Jessica 

      3 years ago

      I am trying to block an inmate from sending me emails. How do I do that?

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      Louise Billings 

      3 years ago

      I'm trying to register but the system tells me my ID Code does not exist. Is it past the 10 day period. Can I start over?

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      prisoners resourc 

      3 years ago

      It does cost them, .05 per min

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      Nina 

      3 years ago

      My inmate says that he has to pay to open emails each time he logs in. Is this true? If so how much does he pay each time?

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      prisoners resourc 

      3 years ago

      Actually not a dumb question... Emoji's will not appear in corrlink emails. Even despite using our service at www.prisonersresource.com we can ONLY deliver them words and NOT Emoji's

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      Dory 

      3 years ago

      I know this may seem like a dumb question but in the age of emojis I want to know can I use them? Or will they be turned into some type of code on the inmates end of the message? I would hate to use up characters if they can't receive the little smiley face on their side. Thanks in advance..

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      prisoners resourc 

      3 years ago

      if your having trouble with the whole corrlink process we bring the inmates corrlink email straight to your phone as a text message and responding to them is as easy as responding to any other text message. google prisoners resource to find our company.

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      tamieka 

      3 years ago

      Inmate has tried several times to send me a request. Ive check inbox,spam,amd junk mail....nothing

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      Clarissa 

      3 years ago

      To make sure I understood this correctly, that only the inmates have to pay for emails.?

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      JACKIE MILLER 

      3 years ago

      I'm trying to login to the corrlinks account,help me!

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      SUSAN Vaughan 

      3 years ago

      How do add another inmate to an account that is already set up ? I already have an account thru corrlink but I am unable to add another inmate to my account .It won't let my put in the ID number / verification code of the inmate cause of active account

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      Dijonae 

      3 years ago

      How long does it take for inmate to be approved on their end

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      terryann 

      3 years ago

      i want to get some information on how to pay the fee for the year, which is 6.00. what steps should i take to get it done.

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      Renee 

      3 years ago

      First time user here, I recall there were rules to follow when sending emails via corrlinks. Do you have a link? Please. I really need it to make sure I'm following their rules. Thanks in advance :)

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