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Possession of money in closed prison is not permitted and all accounting is based on prison-based personal accounts opened for each convicted offender and person in custody. The money a prisoner had on them upon arrival at prison is transferred to their personal account. The prisoner’s remuneration and money sent by people close to the prisoner is also transferred to the above account. Consequently, mailing a prisoner money via an item of mail or package or handover of money during a short-term or long-term visit is not permitted.

Prisoners may use the money on their personal account to make purchases from the prison store, order magazines, pay for the use of electronic devices (radio, television), make money transfers to their family members and dependents or to their own bank accounts. During one month, a prisoner may make purchases in a maximum total amount of the minimum monthly wage prescribed by the government.

Regarding the sending money, note that amounts deposited on a prisoner’s personal account can be used in full only by the persons in custody. In the case of convicted offenders, of the funds deposited in the personal account of a prisoner, 50% is reserved for the satisfaction of monetary/financial claims and 20% is deposited as a savings fund to be handed over to the prisoner on release.

If no monetary/financial claims exist against the prisoner or if the claims amount to less than 50% of the funds on the prisoner's personal account, the corresponding funds on the prisoner’s personal account are deposited as a savings fund to be handed over to the prisoner on release. The savings fund is deposited in the amount equal to three times the minimum monthly wages established by the Government of the Republic. Prisoners receive the funds deposited as a savings fund upon their release from prison.

Money sent to prisoners must be transferred to the relevant bank account of the Ministry of Finance. In the ʺReason for paymentʺ field of the payment order note the forename, surname, father’s name, and year of birth of the prisoner.

Payment information

Recipient: Ministry of Finance (Rahandusministeerium)
Bank account: (Swedbank EE932200221023778606; SEB EE891010220034796011; Nordea Bank EE701700017001577198; Danske Bank EE403300333416110002) 
Reference number: prisoner’s individual reference number (each prisoner is informed of such a number)
Reason for payment: forename, surname, and year of birth of prisoner

Sending money from abroad

Recipient: Ministry of Finance (Rahandusministeerium)
Recipient’s address: Suur-Ameerika 1, Tallinn, Estonia
Recipient’s IBAN: Swedbank EE932200221023778606; SEB EE891010220034796011; Nordea Bank EE701700017001577198; Danske Bank EE403300333416110002
Name of recipient’s bank: see account number above
Address of recipient’s bank: SEB (Tornimäe 2, 15010 Tallinn, Republic of Estonia), Swedbank (Liivalaia 8, 15040 Tallinn, Republic of Estonia), Danske Bank AS Estonia Branch (Narva mnt. 11, 15015 Tallinn, Republic of Estonia), Nordea Bank Finland PLC Estonia Branch (Liivalaia 45, 19145 Tallinn, Republic of Estonia)
SWIFT/BIC of recipient’s bank: SEB: EEUHEE2X; Swedbank: HABAEE2X; Danske Bank AS Estonia Branch: FOREEE2X; Nordea Bank Finland PLC Estonia Branch: NDEAEE2X
Reason for payment: forename, surname, and year of birth of prisoner

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Issues related to personal accounts are regulated by § 44 of the Republic of Estonia Imprisonment Act, making of purchases by § 48 of the Republic of Estonia Imprisonment Act, and utilization of funds kept for in-prison use by Chapter 11 of the November 30, 2000 regulation No. 72 of the Minister of Justice ʺInternal prison rulesʺ – see the electronic database of the State Gazette (Riigi Teataja) where the Imprisonment Act is available in Estonian and English, and the regulation in Estonian only.