Marshall County Jail Sending Money
The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Marshall County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online and Mailing Inmate Mone to the Marshall County Jail in Guntersville, Alabama.
Marshall County Jail also allows deposits from Telmate Getting Out for making phone calls and having Video Visits, both from the jail itself or from your home computer.
Complete instructions for the video visits are on this page.
Complete instructions for all the phone calling options are on this page.
Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate has access to all of the commissary, phone and visitation options.
How to Put Money on an Inmate Account in the Marshall County Jail
There are two 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 or direct you to a kiosk for deposits.
Choice 2 - Deposit Inmate Money Online
Marshall County Jail uses 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. Online deposits for phone accounts and video visits are found here.
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. You can first go to this page to see if the inmate is still incarcerated in Marshall County Jail before opening an account.
What can an Inmate Purchase through Commissary?
People who have never been to jail would be surprised by the large amount of candy, snacks, art supplies, playing cards, hygiene products and clothing that can be purchased through a jail's commissary.
Who Can Put Money in an Inmate's Account?
Anybody can contribute to an inmate's books or commissary fund as long as there isn't a no-contact order in place.
Because of the ability for family members and friends to deposit money online using a credit or debit card, jail inmates can now receive funds from anywhere in the world.
WHY DOES AN INMATE NEED MONEY IN THEIR ACCOUNT AT THE Marshall County Jail?
Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the Marshall County Jail, the jail maintains a 'bank account' for the inmate to purchase products and services from their commissary (canteen) store.
Commissary funds allow inmates to purchase items such as personal hygiene products, snacks and stationery supplies from the jail store.
Inmates can use money from their account to purchase phone time credits or prepaid phone cards in order to make outside phone calls to friends and family members.
Often 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 Marshall County Jail and ask to investigate. If an inmate is being targeted, most jails 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.
Click here to view the jail website for additional information.