Contra Costa County Jail - West County Detention Facility Sending Money
The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Contra Costa County Jail - West County Detention Facility:
Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate has access to commissary, and in some cases medical and bail money, as soon as possible.
How to Put Money on an Inmate Account in the Contra Costa County Jail - West County Detention Facility
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 Contra Costa County Jail - West County Detention Facility at 510-262-4200.
Choice 2 - Deposit Inmate Money Online
Contra Costa County Jail - West County Detention Facility 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 Contra Costa County Jail - West County Detention Facility at 510-262-4200 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 510-262-4200 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.
Inmate Care Packages
To set up an account click here
MyCarePack.com provides care packages to inmates. The site provides packages choices that comply with the specific facilities rules and limits.
To determine whether MyCarePack.com services the specific jail or prison that houses your inmate:
Click here to go to the home page
Select state from the dropdown menu
Scroll to find facility from the next drop down menu.
You can make purchases without having an account set up, but setting up an account allows you to track your orders, view what you have purchased in the past and keeps track of which inmates you have sent packages to. Registration is free. To set up an account click here.
Step One: Provide your name, address, phone number and email in the appropriate boxes.
Step Two: Read and agree to terms of service.
Step Three: Hit Save.
MyCarePack.com accepts MasterCard and Visa payments.
Advantages to using MyCarePack.com include:
The ability to place an order any time of the day or night.
Knowing when it will be delivered. (The site provides facility specific information about deliveries and limits).
By choosing the pack to send, you know what the inmate is getting.
To order a care package:
Go to the home page by clicking here.
Select the appropriate state from the drop down menu.
Select the appropriate facility from the next drop down menu.
Click on the “enter” button
Choose what category package you wish to send. (Category choices are on the left side of the page).
Select the items you wish to buy and send to the inmate and place in “add to cart”.
If you see an inmate ID picture in lower left corner of page, click it to type in inmate first and last name and locate the inmate number.
Go to checkout and provide your credit/debit card number and submit for payment.
Save your confirmation number so you can track the package.
Tracking Your Order
You can track orders you purchase at MyCarePack.com by clicking here and entering the order confirmation number in upper right hand corner of the screen.
View Your Order History
From the homepage, log-in then press the “Order history” in top right corner of screen.
Things to Know
If you accidentally provide the wrong inmate ID number and another inmate happens to have the ID you used, that inmate will get the package. MyCarePack.com will not refund the money. Be sure of the ID number before completing an order. (If you are unsure and the site does not provide it, ask the inmate what it is when he calls or writes).
You are allowed to send one package per week to each inmate.
If an inmate is prohibited from having certain items, MyCarePack.com will refund the amount of that item back to your card. This refund typically appears five to seven business days later.
If an item is not available the company tries to match it with a similar item. If one cannot be found your card is refunded the amount of that item. You are not given the choice between a substitute item or a refund for the item.
Prepaid debit cards might be rejected because an address has to match up before the order can go through. Many pre-paid cards do not require an address on file, therefore MyCarePack.com’s anti-fraud steps might reject the card due to invalid address.
Do not use spaces or dashes when entering your credit/debit card number.
Each facility details spending and account limits. The button is in lower left area of the page after you select the facility and press “Enter”. If you don’t comply with the stated limits your order will be rejected.
You will notice a $1.00 pending charge on your statement. This charge is used to verify the pre-authorizing of the card and will not actually be withdrawn from the account. It will be released back to the account a few days after it happens.
Inmates typically receive their care packages two to seven days after they are purchased.
Contact information to MyCarePack.com:
Canteen of Fresno
527 L Street
Fresno, CA 93721
Email : email@example.com.
What is the Maximum Amount I can Deposit in an Inmate's Account?
There is no limit to the amount of money you can put on an inmate’s account. The kiosk and online site will charge a service fee for a maximum amount but you can make more than one deposit.
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.
The Contra Costa County Jail - West County Detention Facility Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 510-262-4200.
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 Contra Costa County Jail - West County Detention Facility?
Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the Contra Costa County Jail - West County Detention Facility, 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.
Many jails also allow an inmate to bail himself out of jail if he has the funds in his account. The bail amount is typically 10-15% of the bond amount set by the court.
Inmate accounts are also used to pay the co-payment for medication and visits to the jail's medical clinic should they become ill.
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 Contra Costa County Jail - West County Detention Facility at 510-262-4200 will let you know how much is deducted from the books for each fee related to medical issues or other jail expenses.
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 Contra Costa County Jail - West County Detention Facility 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.