SC DOC Information

OffenderConnect.com Account Creation and Management Instructions for South Carolina Department

Family and friends of inmates in a South Carolina Department of Corrections facility can use the OffenderConnect.com website to manage their account with GTL. Friends and family can create and fund an AdvancePay prepaid telephone account, and create, send and receive e-messages (very similar to email) with inmates from the OffenderConnect.com website.

The instructions below will walk through creating an account, using an account, and sending e-messages.

Creating an OffenderConnect account
Using an OffenderConnect account
Sending an E-Message to a SCDC inmate

How to use OffenderConnect.com


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1. To create your account, type www.offenderconnect.com in the address bar of your web browser, or click here OffenderConnect.com website
2. Once on that page, select the option to sign up for a new account (existing users may simply login using their username and password – skip ahead to “Using OffenderConnect.com” step 1.
3. Once you click the “Sign Up” button, you will be taken to the Terms of Use page. If you encounter a warning about secure items, select “Yes” to ensure that only secure, encrypted items are shown. Once you have read the terms of use and agree to them, click the “Accept” button to continue to the Account Setup page.
4. On the Account Setup page, enter your information – it is very important that your first and last name match what is on your government issued ID (drivers license, etc.) as it may need to match official visitation information for security purposes. For example, if the name on your drivers license is “Patricia”, but you go by the nickname “Pat”, please use “Patricia” in the first name field. Be sure to write down your User ID and password, as this information is not included in any of your confirmation materials and you will need it to log into the system every time you use it.


It is very important to use a valid email address, as you will receive a confirmation email at that address upon the completion of account creation. You will not be able to use the account without a valid email address that you own. If you do not have an email account, here are several providers of free email accounts:

http://www.outlook.com
http://www.gmail.com
“http://www.yahoo.com

If you do not have access to an email account, please stop at this point and create one prior to proceeding. Once you have an email account, fill in all the fields on the account setup page, and select “Next” to continue. If you did not fill out all the information, or any of the information does not any of the mandatory requirements (character length, inclusion of numbers, etc.), that item will be highlighted in red and you will need to correct it before continuing. Once the system accepts your entry, you will be taken to the Facility Setup page.
OffenderConnect Account Signup
5. On the Facility Setup page, select the “SC” for South Carolina and then click “Search.” This will bring up a list of facilities. Select “South Carolina DOC” and then click “Next.” OffenderConnect South Carolina email
6. Once you have clicked the selection box for the South Carolina DOC, click the “Next” button. South Carolina inmate email signup
7. If you would like to use your free prescription drug card benefit (gives you discounts at over 60,000 participating pharmacies), simply click the green “Print Free Drug Card” link on the page to get your personalized card and print it to your printer. You can also access this from the “Special Offers” section of OffenderConnect if you ever need to reprint your card. These cards can be freely shared with family and friends who want to receive a discount also.

Once you are done on this page, click “Next” to proceed.
OffenderConnect inmate email account creation
8. Confirm that all of your details are correct on the verification page. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CHANGE MUCH OF THIS INFORMATION AFTER YOU HIT “SUBMIT” SO PLEASE BE SURE THE INFORMATION IS ACCURATE. It is very important that your first and last name match what is on your government issued ID (drivers license, etc.) as it may need to match official visitation information for security purposes.

If any of your information is incorrect, please click “Back” and fix the information. Also, be sure that you wrote down your User ID and password, as this information is not included in any of your confirmation materials.

Once you are certain that the information on the screen is correct and you have written down your username and password, click the “Submit” button to create your account.
OffenderConnect.com account user name
9. You will now be taken to the confirmation page. It provides directions on the next steps to take. You will need to activate your account from the email you provided in step 4, in order to use your account. OffenderConnect.com account creation
10. Find your confirmation email – it will likelybe in either your inbox, or your spam/junk folder in your email. To find it, first go to your inbox to look for the email. If it is not there, go to your spam/junk folder and look for it there. The email subject line should be “OffenderConnect Account Information”, and it should be addressed from donotreply@gtlnotice.com OffenderConnect account activation
11. Inside the email, you will see a link to “Activate Account” if you click this, you will be taken to OffenderConnect, and you can then log into the site using the User ID and password you created during the account setup process. If the link does not work for you, you can copy the full URL provided and paste it intothe address bar of your browser, and activate your account that way.

Once your account is activated, you can simply visit www.offenderconnect.com thereafter and use your login information to access the site.
Confirming your OffenderConnect.com account

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Using OffenderConnect.com

Registered users of OffenderConnect.com who have confirmed their account may log into the OffenderConnect.com website using the instructions below.

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1. To access your account, type www.offenderconnect.com
in the address bar of your web browser, or click here,
and then enter your User ID and password and then click “Login”
Already an OffenderConnect.com user
2. If the SC DOC is already listed in your account
for your facility, proceed to the “Send an E-Message
section, step 1 (hyperlink to this anchor tag). If you have not
already setup the SC DOC as your facility, follow the steps below
to add your facility prior to proceeding.
 
3. To set up the SC DOC as your facility, click the
“Manage Facilities” link on the left side.
picking facility on OffenderConnect
4. On the Facility Setup page, select the “SC” for
South Carolina and then click “Search”. This will bring up a list
of facilities. Select “South Carolina DOC.”
South Carolina DOC on OffenderConnect
5. Once you have clicked the selection box for the
South Carolina DOC, and the “Next” button, you will get the verification
page.
SCDC inmate email on OffenderConnect.com
6. If everything looks correct, click the “Submit”
button. You will then be taken to the Manage Facilities page, and
you will now see the South Carolina DOC in your facility list. Click
“Submit” to confirm your selection of the SC DOC as your facility.
confirming facility on OffenderConnect
7. Now, click on the “Account Summary” link to return
to the main page where you can select to add money to a phone account,
or send an e-message.
Account Summary on OffenderConnect

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Sending an e-message


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1. To send an e-message, click the “Email Center”
link on the left, or click on the “Send an Email” button on the
account summary in the center of the page.
sending an email through OffenderConnect
2. A summary of the email program will appear. Read
the information presented and then click the “OK” button. You will
now be able to add contacts and then purchase credits.
purchasing credits on OffenderConnect
3. To add a contact, click on the Add Contacts link
and then select “South Carolina DOC” from the dropdown. Once you
do, you will be able to input information to help select the inmate.
adding an email contact on OffenderConnect
4. You can use the inmate number and/or the inmate’s
first or last name to find an inmate. Type in the information you
know (you can use any of the available fields) and it will create
a list of matching inmates for you to select from.
adding an inmate on OffenderConnect email
5. Once you see the correct inmate, click the plus
sign (+) to the left of their name to select them.
picking an inmate on Offender Connect email
6. Once you have added your contact, you are now
ready to add credits. To add credits, click on the “Purchase” link.
adding credits to OffenderConnect
7. Once you click the link, the payment information
screen will appear. Enter your payment information, and select the
credit pack you want.
payment on OffenderConnect
8. Once you have purchased credits, you can compose
your e-message. To begin, click on the “New” link at the top of
the email tool.
new email through OffenderConnect
9. You are now ready to compose your email. Select
the appropriate contact from the drop down menu, and then type your
subject line and message. You are allowed up to 2000 characters
per message. There is a counter on the right side that will keep
track of how many characters you have written.
writing an email on OffenderConnect
10. When you are composing your message, if you would
like to allow the inmate to reply to you, be sure to indicate the
number of replies that you would like to include with your message.
Sending replies to the inmate allows them to compose and send messages
using the reply credits you supply to them.


When your message is complete, click the “Send” link at the top
to send your message, or the “Save” message to save your message
for further editing or to send at a later time. You may click “Cancel”
to discard your messge without sending. Canceling a message will
not use any of your credits.
email reply on OffenderConnect
11. After you click the “Send” button, you will get
the email sending confirmation page. At the top, it will indicate
the number of credits being used in the transaction (the total of
the credits required to send your message, plus any replies you
are sending to the inmate) and the terms of service. You must
click “OK” to send your message- if you do not, your message will
not be sent
. If you do not wish to send your message, click
“Cancel”.
confirming email send through OffenderConnect
12. To view prior messages, you can click on the
“Sent” folder.

To see saved messages that have not been sent yet, click on the
“Drafts” folder.

To see messages you have received, click on the “Inbox” folder.
email history on OffenderConnect

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