By Rhonda Turpin

During the month of December, everyone in the U.S. prison system can receive free photos of your friends and loved ones.

How is that possible? The founder of the discount prisoner phone service, TELEPIGEON, left prison after serving seven years for selling drugs, with a plan. Telepigeon propelled him to millionaire status.  He decided that he wanted to give back to the prison population, and of course, he knew what was needed.

 He created FOTOPIGEON.  Fotopigeon is a photo service where you can set up an account and pay 50 cents for pictures, and $3.50 for postage, or get all of your pictures for free.  The free pictures regularly have a Fotopigeon watermark on them, but for the month of December, you get regular pictures sans watermark. 

My 14-year-old grandson, Richard, sends me pictures weekly, directly from his cell phone.  Everyone has a cell phone these days. To start getting free photos, simply have your family (1) text the word “START” to 850-633-1111 on their cell phone, then follow the prompts.  Once they enter your prison identification number, they can begin uploading pictures to be mailed to you.  Most prisons impose a limit on the number of photos allowed per envelope, usually 25 pictures or less.  So be sure to check the maximum number allowed before using this service.  Your name and address are not needed.  Once they receive your prison number, their database will automatically match the number with the prisoner. 

There are no gimmicks.  It is all free.  I have been receiving up-to-date, free pictures of everything: from my city that I left ten years ago, to photos of my daughter’s house.  Allow 7 to 10 business days to receive your pictures, and enjoy!

About Christopher Zoukis, MBA

Christopher Zoukis, MBA, is the Managing Director of the Zoukis Consulting Group, a federal prison consultancy that assists attorneys, federal criminal defendants, and federal prisoners with prison preparation, in-prison matters, and reentry. His books include Directory of Federal Prisons (Middle Street Publishing, 2020), Federal Prison Handbook (Middle Street Publishing, 2017), Prison Education Guide (PLN Publishing, 2016), and College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons (McFarland & Company, 2014).

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