Release Cards

Correctional facilities are increasingly using fee-riddled cards to repay people they release — money in someone’s possession when initially arrested, money earned working in the facility, or money sent by friends and relatives. Before the rise of these release cards, people were given cash or a check. Now, they are instead given a mandatory prepaid card, which comes with high fees that eat into their balance. We submitted this report as a comment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, urging the CFPB to protect consumers recently-released from custody.

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