Houston County Jail uses JailATM for Inmate Money Deposits
JailATM – Send Money, Email Inmate, Video Call, Send Gift Packs to Houston County Jail
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Make an inmate deposit with JailATM for Houston County Jail.
Note: While JailATM offers the following inmate services, Houston County Jail may not allow all of them. Check on the JailATM website to confirm. Services available through JailATM are subject to change with no notice.
Houston County Jail has an agreement with JailATM so that you can deposit money online or using the kiosk in the jail lobby.
Send Gift Packs
Houston County Jail has an agreement with JailATM, which ships predetermined Gift Packs of candy, snacks and hygiene products to the inmate. Check the JailATM website to see if they allow Gift Packs.
These can be ordered by you online and are delivered directly to the inmate.
Houston County Jail has an agreement with JailATM which handles secure messaging between you and your inmate. Check the JailATM website to see if this jail allows emailing your inmate.
Houston County Jail has an agreement with JailATM which facilitates video visitation between you and your inmate. Check the JailATM website to see if this jail has online, or 'at jail' video visitation.
How to Put Money on an Inmate Account in the Houston County Jail
There are usually four choices for putting money on an inmate's books:
Choice 1 - Dropping Money at the Jail
Bring money to the jail in person.
Jail personnel will process the Inmate Account payment.
Some jails have self-serve kiosks in the lobbies that accept cash, debit or credit cards.
If you can't get your questions answered online call the Houston County Jail at 334-712-0762.
Choice 2 - Deposit Inmate Money Online
Houston County Jail and others often use a private company to process all online deposits to an inmate's account. The company charges you a small fee for doing so, but the fee probably isn't as much as gas and parking would cost to take it to the jail in person.
Go to the online site for depositing funds. You will need to register an account, which is free to do and use a debit/credit card for the deposits.
Choice 3 - Mail the Inmate Deposit to the Jail
Mailing a deposit takes more time to process than the other methods but can be done if you live too far away to bring it in person and you don't have a debit/credit card for online deposits. Never send cash. Always send a Money Order from the US Post Office, a reputable bank or Western Union.
Make the Money Order out to the inmate's name and put their Inmate ID# in memo section of the Money Order.
Call Houston County Jail at 334-712-0762 to confirm the address to send the money order to and how they want it made out.
Failure to do this properly will delay your inmate getting his account credited and may require you to have to resubmit a second money order.
Call 334-712-0762 to ask facility personnel who to make the money order out to, and where to send it.
Choice 4 - Make an Inmate Deposit over the Phone
Most of the online companies will accept deposits over the phone with a debit or credit card. To do this you will need the inmate's offender # (inmate ID #) and full legal name.
Houston County Jail Commissary Instructions
Houston County Jail contracts with Access Securepak, also known as ‘My Care Pack’, for families to send pre-determined packages of commissary items to your inmate.
Access Securepak carries over 1,000 different items in the following categories:
- Food and Snacks
- Personal Hygiene Products
1. Register here.
2. Select Alabama.
3. Select Houston County Jail.
4. Find your Inmate.
5. Deposit Funds.
6. Order Commissary Items.
Once you are logged in, you will receive instructions on how much (and what products) you can send your inmate.
* If you have any questions, you can call Access Securepak at 800-546-6283.
* You can email Securepak at email@example.com.
* You can write Securepak at:
10880 Linpage Place
St. Louis, MO 63132
* You can Live Chat with a Representative online: (bottom left corner of page)
Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.–11 p.m. CST,
and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. CST.
*Note* Access Securepak will issue a refund for or replace broken, damaged, or missing products reported by Houston County Jail staff. They will not honor reports of discrepancies from inmate's families or friends.
What is the Maximum Amount I can Deposit in an Inmate's Account?
Jails typically have limits on how much money an inmate can have on the books at any one time.
They also have limits on how much you can deposit for an inmate at a time.
The standard monthly limit an inmate can spend is between $300 and $400.
Call Houston County Jail at 334-712-0762 or click here to learn the Inmate Account deposit limits and other rules regarding depositing money on an inmate's books.
What Can You Purchase for an Inmate's Commissary at Houston County Jail
Access Securepak is the Houston County Jail's outside vendor for Commissary Items. They have a very good mix of Chips, Snacks, Candy, Meat, Seafood, Hygeine products, Letter writing materials, Electronics and Apparel items for sale on their website.
Here is a sample of what you can purchase for your inmate:
*NOTE* -- Once you are fully registered and have selected the inmate you wish to send commissary to, you will receive instuctions on how much you can deposit, how much (and what) you can purchase for your inmate, and how often you can send commissary.
Who can Purchase Commissary for Houston County Jail Inmates?
Anybody can purchase commissary for your inmate as long as there isn't a no-contact order in place, as this might get them in further trouble.
Because of the ability for family members and friends to purchase commissary online from Access Secure Pak using a credit or debit card, you and your inmate have more options.
Why Do Inmates in Houston County Jail need Commissary?
Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody, the Houston County Jail allows the inmate's family and/or friends to purchase products online from Access Secure Pak.
This allows them to obtain items such as personal hygiene products, snacks, apparel, electronics and stationery supplies. Otherwise they go without, and you don't want them to be obligated to others for their basic needs.
Medical Copays, Jail Fees and other Inmate Expenses
Many jails debit (charge) an inmate's commissary accounts for medical visits, any medications including over-the-counter pain reliever, jail stay fees, restitution, etc.
Taking this into consideration when deciding how much to deposit will ensure the inmate gets the amount you wanted him to have after things are deducted.
A quick call to the Houston County Jail at 334-712-0762 will let you know how much is deducted from the books for each fee related to medical issues or other jail expenses.
Important Tips and Information About Your Inmate's Commissary
Sometimes an inmate's commissary money is used to purchase items to pay gambling debts or purchase prescription medicine from another inmate. If your inmate is spending more than $10.00 a day on commissary items, you are most likely paying for him or her to gamble or buy drugs.
Some inmates, specifically those who are targeted for being weak or are in jail for rape or child molestation, are forced to relinquish their commissary to avoid regular beatings from other inmates.
If you think your inmate is being targeted for violence or having their commissary taken to avoid beatings, contact the Houston County Jail and ask to investigate. If an inmate is being targeted, they will intervene and have the victim placed in protective custody, away from the general population.
Put your financial needs first and the inmate's second. Don't forget, the inmate is getting three free 2,000 calorie meals a day. The food may not be of the highest quality, but the commissary food is generally much less nutritious.