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The EcommDirect Con

A direct purchase program from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) for offenders, eCommDirect.com allows friends and family to deposit money into an offender’s account. In addition, they can purchase commissary goods. However, some of the cons of eCommDirect are:

eCommDirect is a direct purchase program for Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) offenders

The eCommDirect program is a new online store available to offenders who are incarcerated with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). The eCommDirect program allows offender families to purchase approved commissary items and deposit funds for their loved ones who are in jail. It also allows offender families to manage funds in a more efficient manner.

Inmate families and friends can use the eCommDirect system to purchase commissary items. Using a secure online system, inmates can purchase items through the commissary. The system charges a $3.75 fee for each purchase, but the items are usually less expensive than the standard commissary purchases. Items such as toilet paper, deodorant sticks, and toothpaste cost as little as $.40. Offenders can also make a deposit to their trust fund anytime. Purchasing items on the eCommDirect site will not affect the inmate’s commissary spending limit.

It does not accept payment from Government issued credit/debit cards

The Federal Reserve Board has promulgated final rules prohibiting network exclusivity and routing restrictions. These rules aim to protect consumers by giving them a choice between at least two unaffiliated networks. This rule prevents certain banks from restricting credit card acceptance to one network. The fee will appear as a separate charge when a consumer checks out. Nonetheless, consumers can still use their government-issued credit or debit cards to pay for items.

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