How to put money on an inmate's books at South Lake Tahoe Jail
South Lake Tahoe Jail uses the services of jailfunds.com (VendEngine) for you to deposit money into an inmate’s account.
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.
South Lake Tahoe Jail Inmate Deposit Instructions
You can deposit money four different ways:
South Lake Tahoe Jail Commissary Instructions
South Lake Tahoe 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 California.
3. Select South Lake Tahoe 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 South Lake Tahoe Jail staff. They will not honor reports of discrepancies from inmate's families or friends.
What is the Maximum Amount You Can Add to an Inmate's Account?
South Lake Tahoe Jail uses an outside vendor called jailfunds.com (VendEngine) to deposit money to your inmate's account.
Deposits of up to $300.00 are allowed by jailfunds.com, although South Lake Tahoe Jail may at times limit the maximum deposit to as low as $200.00.
What Can You Purchase for an Inmate's Commissary at South Lake Tahoe Jail
Access Securepak is the South Lake Tahoe 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 South Lake Tahoe 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 South Lake Tahoe Jail need Commissary?
Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody, the South Lake Tahoe 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 Co-Pays and other Inmate Needs for Money
South Lake Tahoe 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 South Lake Tahoe 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.