How To Save
On Prison Calls ...

... and how to save on sending greeting cards, magazines, books and photos

Sending Photos
How to Get Free Prints

Sending photos to your loved one in prison is a great way to share what's happening at home with your loved one. Talk is cheap! One photo is worth a thousand words! (Okay, I'll stop with the clichés.) But you get the point. Seeing that new baby, new puppy, vacation shots, sunsets, or action shots of the kids or pets will mean so much to your loved one. 

Of course, the cheapest way to send photos (practically FREE) is to print them yourself on regular paper and send them in a letter. But if you want to send actual photos (4 x 6 prints) or if you don't have a printer, there are a quite a few options for you. You will be able to upload photos from your phone, computer, Instagram, Facebook, pretty much anywhere you have photos stored, have them printed, and either pick them up the same day or have them mailed directly to the inmate.  

Photo printing starting from FREE PRINTS to $0.33 per photo.

Sending inmates photos is easy:  Upload your photos, choose the size and quantity, then add to your cart and checkout.

Important guidelines to follow when sending photos:

* Photos should be no larger than 4"x6"
* Printing the inmate's name and ID number on the back of photos may be required. If this is a requirement for the facility you are sending photos to, you should pick up the photos and mail them yourself so that you can add the name and number on the backs of the photos. It's actually much cheaper this way (no shipping charges).
* Photos should never contain nudity or sexually suggestive material. 
* Hand gestures and tattoos are often not allowed because of gang implications
* Most facilities only allow 5 photos in an envelope with a single stamp at a time. Some only allow 3. Be sure to check with the facility for specific rules about sending photos. 
* Keep in mind that staff and other inmates will be seeing the photos you send.

Four Online Photo Printing Options

Best Value: Walmart Photos, same day pick-up, 14 cents each,  mail them yourself.
Amazing Value:  85 Prints per Month for FREE!

Walmart Photos

4 x 6 prints:  $0.14 each
Same day pick-up (matte finish)
Site to store 5-8 business days (glossy finish)
Mail delivery: 3 - 5 business days
Ship to you or inmate:  $1.75 

CVS Photos

4 x 6 prints: $0.42 each
Same day pick-up (glossy finish)
Ship to you or inmate: $0.99 up to 5 photos
Processing time: 1-2 business days
Ship time: 3-5 days after processing

Walgreens Photos

4 x 6 prints: $0.39 each
Same day pick-up (glossy finish)
Ship to you or inmate: $0.99 up to 5 photos
Processing time: 1-2 business days
Ship time: 3-5 days after process

Free Photo Printing

No subscriptions. No commitments.
Just free prints! 

Free Prints App

What Do I Get for Free?

Up to 85 free 4x6 prints per month
Limit 1 free print per photo
Up to 1,000 4x6 free prints per year
FreePrints Shipping & handling — starts at $1.99, never more than $9.99, no matter how many prints you order

No subscriptions. No commitments.
Just free prints!

Get Free Photo Prints from the 5-Star FreePrints App


Ordering your free prints is fast and easy! Just open the FreePrints app and select the photos you want to print from your phone or from Facebook or Instagram. Then select the quantities and you’re done! Your free photo prints are printed exclusively on Kodak or Fujifilm paper and are delivered to your doorstep in just days. 

If you are going to ship directly to the prison, remember you can only send 5 photos at a time. With the minimum shipping charge of $1.99, this might not be the best way to go.  You will have to play with the app to get the best value for the shipping charges, but it would seem better to ship a lot of photos to yourself all at one time, and then send them 5 at a time (or whatever the prison's limit is) to the inmate in separate envelopes. What a nice surprise if you could send new photos weekly!

It goes without saying that sending photos to your loved one in prison is a valuable way to help them feel connected between visits.   Photos help an inmate in many ways.  Send pictures of the items you write about in your correspondence—your friends and family, the pets, the neighborhood, etc.  By sending these visual connections, your loved one can still see what’s going on and remain interested/connected to the outside world.

Stay Connected With Your Inmate