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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      Abdul Qawi 10 hours 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 days 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 8 days ago

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

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      Linda 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 5 weeks ago

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

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      Judy Gross 2 months ago

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

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      Janine 2 months ago

      I need a verification code

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      Sheila Marlowe 2 months ago

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

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      judy sanchez 2 months ago

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

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      Teresa 2 months ago

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

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      diana frost grandmad69@yahoo.com 3 months ago

      How do I get more characters?

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      Dawnne 3 months ago

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

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      Michelle 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

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      evette goodridge 4 months ago

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

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      Jennifer 4 months 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 5 months ago

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

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      Amanda Froehlich 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months ago

      I misplaced my password, how do I reset it?

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      Laquisha Cotton 5 months ago

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

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      JSchenk 6 months ago

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

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      Jean 6 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago

      nacho.... What are you needing?

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      prisoners resourc 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

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

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      Aaron Tenner 8 months ago

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

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      Babygirl 8 months ago

      Im trying to email not letting me

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      WESTINA Jeffers 9 months ago

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

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      Jessica 9 months ago

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

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      Louise Billings 9 months 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 10 months ago

      It does cost them, .05 per min

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      Nina 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 11 months ago

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

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      Clarissa 11 months ago

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

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      JACKIE MILLER 11 months ago

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

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      SUSAN Vaughan 12 months 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 12 months ago

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

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      terryann 12 months 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 12 months 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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      Mary Gaurkee 12 months ago

      I signed up for the premium acct. When I tried to send an e-mail for test trial I was told I have no money no my account?????

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      Cchanel 13 months ago

      My characters for my email ran out it says maximum characters for an email is 1300 characters do I really have to write that much or is there any way that can be shortened?

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      Use the app 13 months ago

      I have a friend in federal prison prison prison and use coorlinks all that the time. There is a reliable android app(would assume that there is a coorlinks app for Apple's) that makes it easy. On Windows, I just go to the coorlinks web page.

      * Inmates have to PAY to use it, especially when sending. My friend budgets for it.

      * It is pure text (ASCII), so no graphics or fonts. There is is a a limit on the size of the email.

      * It is very easy to set up, the key is the one time entry of the prisoners ID.

      * It is checked, like all correspondence, by the prison authorities.

      * To get their upgrade in coorlinks, it cost you only about $4.95 per year...

      I usually write my emails offline, then copy and paste into the coorlinks android app.

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      bertha freeman 14 months ago

      I signed up for a premium account, unknowing, that I didn't have to opt for that, So now , I cant recieve texts, because the premium account has expired, How can I change this to a regular Corrlink Account?

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      jean gleason 14 months ago

      how can I get more characters to continue emailing my relative?

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      kim 15 months ago

      I went to sign up for premier acct and said my name didn't match my registered name and when looked I had misspelled my name and now it won't let me edit name so can set up acct, why?

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      Liz 16 months ago

      Is there a way to add money to an inmates email?? Also can u email pics??

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      wjranney@gmail.com 16 months ago

      help need more charecters to email inmate

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      Cher 16 months ago

      Their are 3 ways to send love ones Money to commissary(which also uses for this) money order(post office only) money gram and western union.locate facility, select how to send money, and it will show you how.

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      Moma 16 months ago

      It looks like XCon from the free world quit answering questions about 2 years ago. Is he no longer in the free world? Perhaps for the rest of you or anyone that might know. How do I add funds so I can email my inmate? Apparently this is a paid service and they do need funds. He is out of funds and I am without a clue.

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      Rae 16 months ago

      It's been so long but with the new Phones can it be set up on mobile devices??? I currently have the app and CorrLinks works fabulously. I also have a google number which makes his phone calls next to nothing because I chose a local (to him) number, so it's no different than your neighbor calling you cost wise. The app is 6.00 a year , well worth it. Set up once and then, No password, no logging on just click and read or write.

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      john 16 months ago

      what do I need to do to pay for my premium account?

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      Jacelyn Hobson 17 months ago

      I forgot my password and have a cellular phone, no computer. Is there a way to change my password using my cellular phone?

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      Liz 17 months ago

      Trying to get in contact with an inmate California and already registered but don't have code???? What do I do now

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      Glori 18 months ago

      Can't sync the email address I set up corrlinks with to my new phone I purchased the premium account will I be able to transfer it to my new email address once I set it up

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      Lisa 19 months ago

      How long does it take to get the initial email from corrlinks to click on it says it lasts 7 days but I did it this morning at 10am and it's 3 pm still I have gotten verification email

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      Lynda Bates Brown 19 months ago

      where do I go to renew my account

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      Laura 20 months ago

      Look it says I get so many weeks free why is that why can't I get for free always cause I don't have money to pay

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      Delmus 21 months ago

      I lost my phone and don't remember what email address I used on corrlinks. How do I find out or what can I do?

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      Amy 22 months ago

      Can an inmate block you and if so will you be notified?

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      huckaberry 22 months ago

      When you send a e-mail is there any way you can tell if it's been read by the inmate

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      Foxyforever@windstream.net 22 months ago

      I,m not sure how to send my daughter Victoria Lynn Hoyt any email,,,could you give me a helping hand,,,thank you dearly,,

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      Cloice D Janson 22 months ago

      My corrlinks premier acct expired, and I a m trying to use the same email account.that I had with corrlinks...But it kees telling me, that email is already in use. and do I need to do a new password also.Why can I not just pat the account for a year and reopen it. you can reach me cjanson@comcast.net. when will I receive an answer? Thank you

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      Tracy 23 months ago

      I added the inmate and it's been in pending status for a week. What is going on?

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      Tina 23 months ago

      It won't let me send my message it says my free trial has expired. I thought it was free for us???

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      Kelsey 2 years ago

      Don't have to pay in order to send messages to them ?

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      Maryann 2 years ago

      If I was to block an inmate, what do they see on their side?

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      necole hall 2 years ago

      How do you delete messages, once you have used all your characters. I got a message saying I have used all my characters.

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      Sequain 2 years ago

      Good afternoon, could you please tell me how to unblock an imate.

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      Lucy jene Flores 2 years ago

      Hi i need help setting up this Corrlinks

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      msmilton 2 years ago

      I never received the option to accept but I'm able to email he has just never responded so how am I sure he's accepted

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      leyla 2 years ago

      I am receiving emails from My luvd one & replying in a timely manner. However He hasnt replied to My "reply" emails. In understand it takes time for Him to.receive them but is there any other reason besides delayed recieving of My emails.

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      leylita 2 years ago

      What are invalid credentials

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      janet harrison 2 years ago

      I lov u

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      carla 2 years ago

      after I register a new account I chose fbop in the red drop down box and then it said enter code or inmates number but I haven't heard from him yet on the site did I have to wait a certain time frame before I sent the inmate the request

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      MsRiddle 2 years ago

      Hi, when I signed up for CorrLinks, I thought I saw a way to send items to an inmate through Amazon. Now that I'm registered and receiving emails from my family member, I don't see an option for sending snacks and things. Am I missing something?

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      joe 2 years ago

      How long will corrlinks save a message that had been read?

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      Leenie 3 years ago

      Purchased premium account, have message stating my balance is .36. Do. I have to add money to get it back up to $6, which is supposed to be yearly fee? Confused.

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      adrianA gallardo 3 years ago

      How long does it take to receive an invitation to use corrlinks

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      Nicola 3 years ago

      It won't let me pay for the upgrade... I've exceeded my free account

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      shaylaspinner101@gmail.com 3 years ago

      Sum reason I cannot send him a messages or look him up it would say, 0 records found

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      justtha4ofus2014@gmail.com 3 years ago

      How do i change my password on here to log in i got a new phone n forgot it...

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