Washington County Jail uses the services of correctpay.com (aka JailFunds & VendEngine) for you to deposit money into an inmate’s account.
You can deposit money four ways:
Cost to Send Money
To deposit between $1.00 and $300.00 the fee ranges from $1.50-$2.95, plus an additional 5%. *Rates are subject to change.
Washington County Jail staff announced today that deposits for inmates must either be made online, by telephone, by using the Kiosk in their lobby or by sending postal money orders or bank cashier checks to the following address:
45 Court Street
Chatom, AL 36518
Instructions on how inmate deposits can be made online or by telephone can be found by scrolling down this page.
In certain circumstances, cash may still be accepted by jail personnel during 9:00AM and 4:00PM, Monday thru Friday, or when you come to the facility for visitation. Call 251-847-2202 if you have any questions.
Complete information is listed on this page. Failure to follow instructions will result in your payment not being credited properly, or being returned to you.
Washington County Jail Inmate Deposit Instructions
You can deposit money four different ways:
Washington County Jail Commissary Packages
Commissary Package (pre-made Care Packs) companies work with correctpay.com to deliver items directly to the inmate, but not all facilities jails take part in it.
What is the Maximum Amount You Can Add to an Inmate's Account?
Washington County Jail uses an outside vendor called correctpay.com (aka JailFunds & VendEngine) to deposit money to your inmate's account.
Deposits of up to $300.00 are allowed by jailfunds.com, although Washington County Jail may at times limit the maximum deposit to as low as $200.00.
What Can An Inmate purchase in Commissary at Washington County Jail
correctpay.com (aka JailFunds) is the Washington County Jail's outside vendor for depositing money for your inmate's Commissary Items.
Here is a sample of what your inmate can purchase:
*NOTE* -- Once you are fully registered with correctpay.com, and have selected the inmate you wish to send money to, you will receive instuctions on how much you can deposit, and how often you can send commissary money.
Who can Purchase Commissary for Washington County Jail Inmates?
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 at correctpay.com, inmates at Washington County Jail can now receive funds from anywhere in the world.
Why Do Inmates in Washington County Jail need Commissary?
Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the Washington 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.
Medical Co-Pays and other Inmate Needs for Money
Washington County Jail may on occasion 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 these things are deducted.
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 Washington 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.
To send a secure email message to an inmate in Washington County Jail follow these steps:
- Chirping is the product name for inmate texting.
- This product allows Washington County inmates to send chirps (texts) to friends and family members.
- Inmates will be charged a monthly service fee of $4.00.
- Inbound and Outbound Chirps are $0.10 each.
Inmate Sales Apps
Google Play app
To receive phone calls from inmates in Washington County, or to assist them in making phone calls to other people, follow these steps:
Other than 'at the jail' visits between you and your inmate at Washington County Jail, which is explained and outlined in detail on our Visit Inmate Page, Washington County remote video inmate visitation can be done using the services of Inmate Sales utilizing the following instructions:
In order to have a successful video visit with an inmate in Washington County, these are the steps to follow:
* All the information you need to have complete knowledge about inmate visitation; policies, rules, fees, schedules, tips, dress codes, and children, lawyers and clergy visitation in Washington County, can be found on our Visit Inmate Page.
Washington County Jail Phone: 251-847-2202
To receive phone calls from an inmate in Washington County follow these instructions:
Washington County Jail uses the services of NCIC for inmate phone calling. It is called a ‘friends & family account”.
In order to receive phone calls from your inmate, you need to do the following:
1. You cannot receive any calls to your phone number from your inmate until both you and your phone number are registered.
2. When you do receive a call, the number you will view on your phone from the incoming call is: 800-943-2189.
3. When allowed by Washington County Jail, families can also leave secure voicemails for inmates to listen to.
To send commissary money to an inmate in Washington County Jail follow these steps:
For all information on how to Send Money to an inmate's account, what the fees are, how long it takes to hit their account and more, check out our full money and commissary guide for Washington County Jail.
To send commissary money to an inmate's account in Washington County Jail follow these steps:
You can deposit money four different ways:
For all information, tips and available items for send money and for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in Washington County Jail check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Washington County.