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    Default Inmate care packages

    Saw this info on the TIFA site and thought I would post it. Yet another delay it seems.

    Huntsville: "Care" Package information released today! Click here for official message.





    This is the latest information received from Eric Johnston, Commissary and Trust Fund, regarding "care packages".

    The TDCJ Commissary and Trust Fund Department will soon initiate a direct purchase program for friends and family members to allow them to make online purchases for offenders. These purchases will be from the existing product line along with some new packaged items that will be added. Offenders can receive one direct purchase of up to $50 each calendar quarter. Offenders on commissary restriction will not be eligible to receive commissary items from a direct purchase. This will be accessible through a link on the Texas.gov website. The merchandise purchased online will be distributed to the offender from the commissary at their unit of assignment. Website development has been ongoing and the projected launch date is July 2012.

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    So they're finally gonna be able to recieve care packages???

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    I called last week and they told me date of launch is expected to be mid June

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    Great news!
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    That's not very exciting. I'm curious to see what the "new packaged items" are, but as for purchasing things on their existing product line...that's a joke. I don't get excited about being able to send him things he can already get for himself. I talked to him last night and he had heard about this already and wasn't thrilled either.

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    Well mostly the men get themselves food, but they do without other things like tshirts, shorts, and other items they won't buy for themselves so they can get food. It will just be a little extra for them, only 50 per quarter but any little thing helps them so much.

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    It is not quite what I expected however when it comes to Texas any thing they give us is better than nothing, it means when I send my husband money he does not have to buy food because I can buy him that and he can save the money for another time

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    The other thing is it is like the mail. They get something and it lets them know they are loved and someone is thinking about them. It gives them a boost to their day.

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    Agreed, any little thing we can do to show we care, love them. And yes, with Texas Prisons anything we get is better than nothing or what we currently have. I will be glad to send an spend some extra money to get my husband, tshirts, shorts, vitamins, etc.

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    Hubby just sent me this today. It's starting in June...YAY!

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    what site do we go to see packages and order stuff anyone know yet

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    I would just keep checking the T.D.C.J. home page thats what I will be doing

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    According to TDC it will be at the Texas.gov site. I keep going on there and typing inmate care packages on the search but nothing yet. If it is to start like they told the guys in the Echo in June they need to get on the stick. Shouldn't have said that! I know better, it''s always gonna be hurry and wait with TDC.

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    I just had visit with my husband this weekend and it looks as if they have put the care packages off until September
    1st. I am trying to find online where you go to make a purchase. I am assuming it would be on the TDCJ website??

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    Supposed to be on texas.gov

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    Care Packages? Any new info? I have been searcching for this and cannot find a place on any site to purchase this! Anyone know if it has started or what?

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    I have been trying to find as well....HELP ANYONE

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    This is the link however it is not functioning yet the word is not till the 25th. So we shall see but at least the site is up just not active yet. https://tdcj-ecommdirect.portal.texas.gov

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    Thanks for the info. I hope they do take orders on the 25th.

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    I just went to the website myself and called the technical support number, and the lady told me that the website will be up and running tomorrow. So I will probably be back on here at 4 in the morning to see if it is working!

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    Anyone having luck with ecommDirect website being up this morning?

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    Still nothing. I am guessing another delay. Not surprising!!

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    Yeah...I got on at 430 this morning and again just now and still nothing...FRUSTRATING!!!!!!!
    No matter what we have been through in our past, what we are going through now, or what we will go through in the future, I'm here by your side, Baby...we will get through it together because of one promise we made on July 8, 2011-"For better or worse". I love you.

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    I tried and still nothing!

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    I tried to."NOTHING"....

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    Still down

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    Closed from 9pm to 4am yet it is 9am here. UGH!!

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    I just called the tech support number and was told that the launch has been delayed and the new launch date is TBD (to be determined). What's so frustrating is if any one of us was this incompetent we would lose our jobs... Ugh!

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    OMG!! Just think these are the people that have total control over our loved ones lives...

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    Default UPDATE AS OF Thursday, September 27th .....

    I just received this response from the Ombudsman's Office: I hope it will help everyone ..... now we just wait ......

    "This is in reply to your inquiry dated September 24, 2012, addressed to this office regarding the offender package program.

    The TDCJ Commissary and Trust Fund Department will be implementing a direct purchase program for friends and family members to allow them to make online purchases for offenders. These purchases will be from the existing product line along with some new packaged items that will be added. Offenders can receive one direct purchase of up to $50 each calendar quarter. Offenders on commissary restriction will not be eligible to receive commissary items from a direct purchase. The merchandise purchased online will be distributed to the offender from the commissary at their unit of assignment.

    Information provided to this office indicates that final preparations are being made to activate the package program; however, as of this date the program is not yet operational. When that does happen, friends and families will be able to access a link on the Texas.gov website called Ecomm Direct. We suggest you keep checking the Texas.gov website.

    We trust this information it helpful.

    Sincerely,


    Jane M. Cockerham
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    Thank U for the info.

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    Default UPDATE AS OF Monday, October 8, 2012

    I just received this email from Texas.gov this morning, October 8th .......

    Hello,

    The TDCJ Inmate Commissary and Trust Fund Application (eCommDirect) launch has been delayed. The
    date is to be determined. This is all the information we have from the agency at this time.

    Thank you,

    Isabel
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    support@texasgovhelpdesk.com
    1-877-452-9060

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    itz up and running peoplez

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    Not for me it isn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swagg1814 View Post
    itz up and running peoplez
    Still telling me offender not found?

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    im looking at the list right now and only way that i know that it was up cuz my wife told me last night when she called...itz running..i promise

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    I know they can order stuff themselves as two of the packs are on the commissary list but I can't locate my husband so I am just putting the money on his books and he can buy whatever he wants himself

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    checc thiz out and thiz for anyone having problems
    https://tdcj-ecommdirect.portal.texas.gov/
    thatz whut it iz.

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    also my wife iz stiting on a stacc of paper ..she aint never without but aint nothing enuff...whutever i can do itz whutever

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    Thanks swagg for the update! The link is working.....but it is currently only up and running for just a very few units.
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    Cool

    hobby iz...yup yup

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    I ordered a care package last night about 7m and my son got it this morning. Now I can't find the dang site i ordered it from to order one for his friend.

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    I am trying to order a care package for my hubby? I asked him his classification it is medical unassigned, so it don't tell under the web site restrictions the lady in classification told me to read and see if he falls unddr , so not sure if it cause he just came thru processing this Wednesday,
    Anyone else experience this issue
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    Quote Originally Posted by nona webb View Post
    I ordered a care package last night about 7m and my son got it this morning. Now I can't find the dang site i ordered it from to order one for his friend.
    Did they send you an email confirmation? Maybe you can find it that way???

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    Quote Originally Posted by nona webb View Post
    I ordered a care package last night about 7m and my son got it this morning. Now I can't find the dang site i ordered it from to order one for his friend.
    Here you go

    https://tdcj-ecommdirect.portal.texas.gov/
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    Stiles Unit is up and ready for orders. I ordered my husband a carepackage, he got it last night I ordered it on Thursday afternoon, they called him down to store about 5:30 last night, they told him he was the first in the entire unit to get a package. All the other guys where asking questions and wanting to know how to get there loved ones the info. So I sent my husband a jpay with all the info to give out. The guys seemed really excited about the new packages.

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    Where do I go to get a carpackage started my first time at this

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    http://texas.gov/ecommdirect, if your loved one is new to tdcj he might not be able to get packages until he is in his final unit. Or if he is on some type of restriction. You will have the options to make a purchse online for him. Just ready the info online.
    Last edited by TexasDust; 02-26-2013 at 09:49 PM.

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    Also if he gets to a unit in the middle of a quarter they won't add him for commissary purchases until the start of the next quarter which for now is April 1st.
    Last edited by TexasDust; 02-26-2013 at 09:49 PM.
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