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

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.

Comments 148 comments

Karess 4 years ago

Can I do this via mobile?


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X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World! Author

You may have some trouble with the set up. I've had some people tell me that they couldn't set it up with their mobile; so you might have to set it up on a PC. Once your account is set up, though, you should have no problems sending and receiving messages.


cheryl lucas 3 years ago

hey baby this is cheryl i hope u get this an i hope u are doing good love u baby


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

cheryl lucas - Ummm... Who was that message for?


Jarie 3 years ago

I received an invitation from my son who is using Corrlinks. I believe when I signed up I inadvertently used a password other than the code that was sent to me. On Monday I sent a message and it seemed to go through but last night recevied a message from him and I now can't access Corrlinks. Please let me know if I need to reregister with the code they gave me...or might there be another problem. Thanks.


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

The code they give you is only to add him to your CorrLinks account, which it sounds like you did. Your password is your personal password which you must remember when logging into CorrLinks. Does that help?


Jarie 3 years ago

Finally in the site, thanks, and shared email with son for about a week but have a new problem. Monday (1/21) I received an email saying son had removed me from his contact list followed immediately with another invitation and new code to correspond with him. I think what happened is Monday morning I gave my son the email addresses of 3 siblings emails vis Corrlinks. I think he gave the list which included my email to those in charge and I was reinvited which must have cancelled my first account.

Now I can't access Corrlinks to reregister with my new code. Have been trying all day. Do they have periods when their site is not available? Even had hubby try on his computer and the same problem occurred. I understand that I register the code but then chose a password of my own.

Thanks so much for your help.


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Jarie - CorrLinks does have periodic down times. They usually don't last more than a day. The code to add him to your CorrLinks is good for 10 days. I hope that helps.


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Michael Jones - Did you register for an account first, and then choose a password? Not to mention, you must remember it; and they are case sensitive.


Stacey 3 years ago

How much does it cost for an inmate to email? And do inmates get any federal funding in to purchase things, such as email or commissary items


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Stacey - It costs them 5 cents a minute to use CorrLinks. Inmates do not get any funding to make purchases. However, they can work to earn some income. They can earn anywhere between $5.25 to $200 a month, depending on their job.


Jackie 3 years ago

How can I send an e-mail if I forgot my password? I've tried the forgot password thingy but does not work.


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Jackie - If you forgot your password, you cannot send an e-mail. You are either going to have to remember your password or create a new CorrLinks account using a new e-mail address and password. If you create a new CorrLinks account, however, you are going to have to give the inmate you want to e-mail your new e-mail address so he could have a new CorrLinks request e-mailed to you.


josh 3 years ago

how long before they get my email after i sent it


maria 3 years ago

It usualy takes an hour!


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

josh & maria - Yes. Because of the screening process, it uaually takes one hour each way. That means it usually takes at least 2 hours for you to receive a response to your message.


Loretta 3 years ago

My code is well over 10 days old, what do I do. Does the inmate have a new request sent to me?


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Loretta - Yes. He will have to send you a new reqeust.


Ladit121 3 years ago

Is there away to add money to my account so that my boyfriend can use it or do I need to send it to him


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Ladit121 - You need to send it to him because he pays for it from his inmate account. It's free for you to use, as long as you don't upgrade to premium.


Debra 3 years ago

We have had an impossible time getting onto the CorrLinks web page to send a message or to read a message from our son. We get a message that says the Corrlinks server took too long to respond. This has been an issue for us for the last month. Prior to that it was such a great way to communicate on a daily basis. Any suggestions?


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Debra - Try logging on from a different web browser. For example, if you are using Internet Explorer, try Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. I recommend using Google Chrome if you don't use it, already.


Debra 3 years ago

Thank you. I have been trying Google Chrome and Firefox - I get the same response from both. I have not been able to get through for 3 days now but will keep trying.


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Debra - Try searching some online forums about "serving taking too long to respond". That may help.


Mack 3 years ago

How do you delete an inmate if you no longer have the confirmation number


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Mack - I'm assuming that you didn't follow through with the confirmation since you no longer have the confirmation number. In that case, the inmate should never have been added to your CorrLinks account in the first place. Otherwise, after logging into CorrLinks, go to Account Manager / Manage My Inmate List, and from there you could block inmates you no longer you want to correspond with. Blocking them is like deleting them in CorrLinks. But they will not be able to send you any messages after that; and vice versa.


Kimy 3 years ago

Ive had my account for about two months and now I got a msg that says; we seem to be missing you...and now I can't msg with my love...what can I do??


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Kimy - Why can't you message him? Can you be more specific?


Vickie 3 years ago

I did the premeier account and it took it twice from mu card, but it does not show I have it???


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Vickie - That's an issue you would have to take up with CorrLinks.


ellen 3 years ago

can't get thru to corr links, tells me my pas word is invalid, and I know it's right, what's going on?


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

ellen - Looks like your password is invalid.


barbie 3 years ago

I have had corrlinks for some time but now when I try to log in on any of my devices other than my phone it goes to load and then redirects me and tells me I have to have a wp external plug in? What does this mean? I recently which ed my mifi from 3g to 4 g and ever since then it won't upload my corrlinks account? Help?


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

barbie - I have no idea. Sorry.


sherry edwards 3 years ago

My brother sent me a request and id code that i have was already sent to me before and it wont let me log in with that code is there any way possible i can get another code


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

sherrey edwards - Ask him to resubmit you into CorrLinks.


Vicki Hopkins 3 years ago

email verification code is invalid or expired but says wont expire til 3/22/13. can't get identification code or request


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Vicki Hopkins - Did you copy and paste the code instead of trying to type it? Also, he can send you a new ID code if it expires. Just ask him to resubmit you.


Thomas M Lewter 3 years ago

i got my first and last E from my friend in OK, sense then nothing. where do i look for the E??


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Thomas M Lweter - Log into your CorrLinks account and click on Mailbox / Inbox to check your messages. To compose a new message, read steps 9-12 above. Also, make sure e-mail alerts are activated too; so you can get notified in your e-mail inbox whenever they send you a message in CorrLinks. You can manage e-mail alerts by clicking on Account Manager / Manage My Inmate List, after logging into CorrLinks. I hope this helps.


Ren 3 years ago

Why am I unable to read my messages?


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Ren - Can you be more specific, please?


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

bombomjonathan - English please...


nia 3 years ago

i message my husband since April 4 I got no messages back


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

nia - He's probably out of funds or minutes on CorrLinks. You might have to wait until he renews.


Mama Big Bone 3 years ago

If I'm already signed up with CorrLinks and it tells me my characters has ran out ,WHAT DO I DO?


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Mama Big Bone - What do you mean by your "characters"? Can you be more specific, please?


angel eyes 3 years ago

How long does it take for me to receive his request he said he sent it Friday .please help me


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

angel eyes - It usually takes about an hour. Sometimes it goes to your junk or spam box, so make sure and check that. Also, sometimes it doesn't go through, so have him send it again if you didn't get it, yet. And make sure he has your e-mail address right.


barbara Thomas 3 years ago

I use my tablet to get on cufflinks I had no problem at first now I can t get on or it takes about 5 tries and I signed up for the premier account.


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

barbara Thomas - Signing up for the premier account should work when you're on your tablet. Corrlinks may have been down for maintenance. Can you get on now?


Elaine 3 years ago

Does the number of federal inmates on your corrlinks account effect your chances of being granted visitation? I want to visit only one of the people on my list, but am pen pals/ emailer with a few others


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Elaine - You can have as many inmates on your CorrLinks as you want. That will not affect your chances of being granted a visit.


Elaine 3 years ago

Thank you for your quick response. Do you know if the counsellor/ prison will access my corrlinks account to verify the information given to them?


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Elaine - It is possible.


joy 3 years ago

what does out of charectors mean?


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

It means you can't type anymore. What you need to do is start a new message. It counts all of the letters from your past messages, too. You get like, 10,000 letters to type, or something like htat.


sham 3 years ago

Can you copy and paste within your messages?


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

sham - Yes.


Mia89 3 years ago

How do Ino If a unmate blocked me from corrlinks ?


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Mia89 - They can't actually block you; but they can remove your e-mail address so they don't show up in your contacts anymore.


angela 3 years ago

I am with corrlinks and I recently got another request but they are asking for an identification code and I don't know how to get it what should I do


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

angela - The Identification Code is in the e-mail with the request. Read step 2 above. Otherwise, ask them to send you another request.


Knyghia 3 years ago

I wanted to know how do I know what time did da recipient wrote the email?


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Knyghia - It should be in the heading of the e-mail when you read it in CorrLinks, if I'm not mistaken.


rain 3 years ago

It says u have too many devices on my account. How do i fix this so i can use corrlinks on my phone?


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

rain - I don't know.


Sydney 3 years ago

I paid the 6 bucks and have been emailing my love one with no problem but recently I ran out of characters and have a 0.00 current balance do I need to ad more money? And if so how?


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Sydney - No. You need to start a new messages. You can a certain amount of characters whenever you start a thread. Those all add up after messaging each other back and forth. Start a new message and it will reset it.


perronita 3 years ago

This might sound weird but I can't complete my registration because I can't type @ in the email address window? I've tried copy-paste my email address but it won't work and my @ just can't be detected there. How can I type @ in there? I've tried "Alt gr v" and "ctrl alt v" but nothing works.. Do you americans have another way to type @? I'm from Europe


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

perronita - shift + 2


Ana 3 years ago

How am I sure I approved the inmate ?


nellie 3 years ago

I am not getting nowhere with this logging in to corrlinks, following all the steps.


monty12 3 years ago

My phone crashed and it logged me out of corrlinks. I FORGOT MY PASSWORD. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO GET.another password


tina m lodge 3 years ago

Want to connect with inmates at herlong fci. How can i do this?


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Tina m Lodge - Check out my page: https://www.facebook.com/InmatesOnline


beetroot 3 years ago

I haven't heard from my inmate in a couple days usually I get messages every hour. What could be the issue


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

beetroot - He / she probably ran out of CorrLinks minutes for the month.


jjewel 3 years ago

After blocking an inmate is there any way to undo it??


Vel 3 years ago

What is the difference between blocking an inmate and cancelling the account? What happens when you cancel?


Diana 3 years ago

I have been trying to sign up for premier account and I can't get it help!


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X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World! Author

Diana - I actually use the basic account, not the premier. So I can't help you much with that one. But the basic account works just fine. Unless, maybe, you need the CorrLinks app on your phone. Then you might have to sign up for the premier. Besides using the app, though, you should be able to access CorrLinks from your phone's web browser, like Safari if you're using an iPhone. I did that a couple of times, before. And it's still free, that way. Might be a little bit of a hassle, though.


Tweetybird 2 years ago

I have been emailing an inmate for a few weeks now. I tried to reply to his email but it said message exceeded. What does that mean? And can I delete any of my messages?


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X-Con 2 years ago from The Free World! Author

Tweetybird - You've exceeded the amount of characters you can use in a thread. Start a new message.


shanikia 2 years ago

I can't send an email anymore they won't go thru


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X-Con 2 years ago from The Free World! Author

shanikia - You have to start a blank message.


james evans 2 years ago

Why is my corrlinks account saying message exceeded when i try to send a message now


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X-Con 2 years ago from The Free World! Author

james evans - It only allows you 10,000 letters in a conversation. You have to start a new message.


Drita 2 years ago

This is message from CorrLinks:-Your free two week Premier account will expire on 1/12/2014.. ..Thanks


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X-Con 2 years ago from The Free World! Author

Drita - Just log onto CorrLinks using your web browser. It's free. Even if the Premier account expires.


Troubled 2 years ago

How long does corrilinks keep messages in your in box? Does it archive or delete them?


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X-Con 2 years ago from The Free World! Author

Troubled - I think it saves them for about 30 days.


sandy 2 years ago

your trial corrlinks premier account is about to expire my free two weeks premiercorrlinks account will expires 2/23/2014 what do i do


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X-Con 2 years ago from The Free World! Author

Sandy - Nothing. You should still be able to continue using CorrLinks for free.


connie 2 years ago

Do you have to have a credit card to get a premier account. I tried to use a debit and it didn't work


Ivone 2 years ago

could you tell me why I don't have access to this page, can't open!

feedback is:A description for this result is not available because of this site's robots.txt

help me please...

regards,

Iva


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X-Con 2 years ago from The Free World! Author

Connie - Probably.


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X-Con 2 years ago from The Free World! Author

Ivone - I have no idea. But you can try logging in with this link: https://www.corrlinks.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f...


BArney 2 years ago

I thought this was FREE, I keep getting an error that I do not have enough funds to send email. What's up????


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X-Con 2 years ago from The Free World! Author

Barney: It is free. I use it every day. You may have tried the premium trial service. It costs like $6 a year; and you might be getting that message if you are going through the app on a smart phone or tablet. Log into CorrLinks using your web browser and that should solve the problem.


diana 2 years ago

I would like to know how do i deleat my messages i have 5 pages ??? Thanks


2 years ago

I sent a message, it said it sent, now my husband hours later is asking why I haven't replied.


Rhonda 2 years ago

My two week trial period is up as of today 4/19/14. But last week I paid for the app so I can still receive and send emails from my friend. Well now I can't access it.... I paid $6.00 for the app and can't use it??? Not a happy camper. Can you please help?? Thanks in advance!


delois daniels 2 years ago

How do i add another inmate to my corrilink account? Please help me. its saying already in use


Jas 2 years ago

Can I delete messages from my account that inmates have sent me, or do I just have to wait 30 days for them to delete on their own?


Johnc594 2 years ago

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Question 2 years ago

Can you access Corrlinks in China?


dana.j.331@gmail.com 2 years ago

Ok i blocked my boyfriend but we are back on good terms now. How or can i unblock him? If so please tell me what steps to take so we can email again please..


lala 2 years ago

how unblock a innmate?


maribel 2 years ago

how long it takes to received an email after an inmate send you an invitation


Cherelle 2 years ago

I'm still not sure how that makes this free?

If I am the one who puts money on their books, then don't that go towards email time?


Sue 2 years ago

My inmate told me that emails threw Corrlincs cost .33 per minute,

It doesn't matter if he is typing it to be sent OR reading the emails I send to him. Is any of this true at all?


Eric 2 years ago

Does it cost for inmates to send emails through corrlink.com?


justtha4ofus2014@gmail.com 2 years ago

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


shaylaspinner101@gmail.com 2 years ago

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


Nicola 2 years ago

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


adrianA gallardo 2 years ago

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


Leenie 24 months 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.


joe 19 months ago

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


MsRiddle 18 months 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?


carla 17 months 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


janet harrison 17 months ago

I lov u


leylita 15 months ago

What are invalid credentials


leyla 15 months 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.


msmilton 15 months 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


Lucy jene Flores 13 months ago

Hi i need help setting up this Corrlinks


Sequain 12 months ago

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


necole hall 12 months ago

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


Maryann 10 months ago

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


Kelsey 8 months ago

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


Tina 6 months ago

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


Tracy 6 months ago

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


Cloice D Janson 6 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


Foxyforever@windstream.net 5 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,,


huckaberry 5 months ago

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


Amy 5 months ago

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


Delmus 4 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?


Laura 3 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


Lynda Bates Brown 3 months ago

where do I go to renew my account


Lisa 2 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


Brenda 7 weeks ago

I have my account set up but it's said i have to as .25 to send email. I thought it was free to email. Can someone tell me Wat I'm doin wrong


Glori 5 weeks 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


davesterb@facebook.com 5 weeks ago

can i create aqn account to corrlinks?


ale 5 weeks ago

why does my inmate says pending


yaquesita 4 weeks ago

por segunda vez active corrlinks con otro nuevo correo, pues solo me da acceso a 14 dias de prueba y yo lo necesito permanente

como acctivar corrlinks premier


Liz 2 weeks ago

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


Jacelyn Hobson 9 days ago

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


john 26 hours ago

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

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