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Inmate Prison Accounts Face New Fees (Sep 04, 2012)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - People who wanted to deposit money into Oklahoma inmates' prison accounts will soon be charged a fee.

The Department of Corrections says it will begin using two private companies on Oct. 1 to process the funds. Before, the agency handled the inmate banking and required the use of a money order.

The fees will vary based on the amount and transaction method, such as money order, credit card or online transfer.

The Tulsa World reports that the department will receive a 50-cent commission per transaction with the exception of money orders.

The department says the new system will allow more options for people who want to make deposits. It will allow relatives to walk into certain locations, such as Ace Cash Express or Walmart, to make a payment.

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