LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail Sending Money
All the information below relates to the following LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail topics.
Read all of this carefully in order to understand how the LA County Jails regulate an inmate’s money, commissary and phone calling.
Failure to do so will cause a lot more time and frustration for both you and your inmate.
Why Does an Inmate Need Money in their Account?
Rules Regarding In-Person Deposits and Drop Offs.
Rules Regarding Mailing Deposits to Inmates.
Rules Regarding Picking up Money that has been Released by an Inmate.
Buying Commissary for an Inmate Online.
Buying Commissary from within the jail.
LA County Jail Commissary Frequently Asked Questions
For Information regarding Buying Prepaid phone time so the inmate can call you, or how an Inmate can Buy Prepaid Phone time to call others from LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail, go here.
How to Put Money on an Inmate Account in the LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail
Rules Regarding In-Person Deposits and Drop Offs at LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail
The LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail will only accept cash, US Postal Money Orders or Certified Bank Cashier Checks from banks in California for deposit into an inmate’s account.
To either deposit money into an Inmate’s Trust Account that is incarcerated in the LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail or to pick-up money from an inmate’s account in person, you MUST bring a valid governmental issued ID with photo) to either of the following facilities:
Inmate Reception Center (IRC)
450 Bauchet Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF)
11705 S. Alameda Street
Lynwood, CA 90262
Rules Regarding Mailing Deposits to Inmates at LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail
Sending money via mail to an inmate in the LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail must comply with the following rules:
- The maximum single check/money order that can be mailed to an inmate cannot exceed $200
- The total amount allowed in an Inmate’s Trust Account at any one time cannot exceed $900
The check/money order mailed from WITHIN the State of California must be either:
- A certified Bank Cashier's Check, or
- A United States Postal Money Order
The check/money order sent from ALL other US states must be:
- A United States Postal Money Order ONLY
- The mailed check/money order must be payable to the Inmate's Name AND Booking Number.
You may only mail the check/money order to one of the two following addresses:
For all Male Inmates in the LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail:
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
P.O. Box 86164 Terminal Annex
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164
Attn: Inmate Name + Booking Number
You can get the Male Inmate’s Booking Number from the Inmate Information Center or by calling the Inmate Information Line at 213-473-6100.
For Further Male Inmate Deposit Questions Call 213-893-5875.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Jail reserves the right to decline or return deposits that violate Department Policies.
For all Female Inmates:
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Century Regional Detention Facility
11705 S. Alameda Street
Lynwood, CA 90262
Attn: Inmate Name + Booking Number
You can get the Female Inmate’s Booking Number from the Inmate Information Center or by calling the Inmate Information Line at 213-473-6100.
For Further Female Inmate Deposit Questions Call 323-568-4535.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reserves the right to decline or return deposits that violate Department Policies.
Rules Regarding Picking up Money that has been Released by an Inmate at LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail
The following is the procedure to pick-up money from an incarcerated male or female inmate’s money account, regardless of the LA County Jail they are in:
- You must have the incarcerated male/female obtain a Money Release Form (pink slip) from the on-duty custody staff and submit it.
- If the incarcerated inmate is located at any of the Pitchess Detention Centers you, the visitor, can also obtain the Money Release Form from the Pitchess Detention Center’s visiting area at the check in window.
- ALL withdrawals are processed at either the Inmate Reception Center (for men and women) or the Century Regional Detention Facility (for women) and are typically approved and available within 24-48 hours after submission to the person that has been approved to make the withdrawal.
- For questions please call the Inmate Reception Center’s Cashiers line at (213) 893-5875 or, the Century Regional Detention Facility’s Cashiers line at (323) 568-4535.
For more information on any of the above mentioned topics check out the Inmate Information Center online or call the Inmate Information Line at (213) 473-6100.
Inmate Care Packages
LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail Commissary Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What day does my inmate at LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail receive his weekly commissary order.
A: Keefe Commissary is delivered to this jail every Monday.
Q: How can I place an order and how do I pay for it?
A: Only internet orders are allowed. Orders placed via postal mail or telephone will not be accepted. Customers must register online with the inmates booking number in order to participate in the program. Acceptable payment methods are credit or debit cards with Visa and MasterCard brands.
Q: My pre-paid credit card does not have a billing address. Can I use it on this site?
A: You must first call, or visit the website, of the pre-paid credit card company to register a billing address for the credit card so that you can use it for online shopping sites that validate a billing address. Our site always validates a billing address.
Q: How much can I spend on an order?
A: Each inmate is given a spending limit of $60.00 per week. The inmate's available weekly balance is provided online when placing an order.
Q: What happens if my order exceeds the inmates spending limit?
A: In the event all funds have been used, orders will not be allowed until the following week. Backorders are not allowed, so you are required to revisit our website and resubmit your order when funds are available.
Q: Why can’t I place an order for an inmate?
A: Inmates may be restricted from receiving a package for various reasons. This could be due to a request from the facility or it could be because the inmate received an order that was later denied by the credit card cardholder for possible suspicious activity. In such a case, the inmate will no longer be able to receive orders. The inmate’s full order privileges can be reinstated if the full amount of the denied credit card transaction is paid in full. For further assistance in this matter please call Securepak customer service at 1-800-546-6283.
Q: Can more than one person place an order for an inmate?
A: Yes, not to exceed the inmates weekly spending limit of $60.00.
Q: How much does it cost to ship an order?
A: There is a processing fee of $2.00 per order.
Q: How do I know what is allowed to be shipped in an inmates package?
A: All items contained in the gift packs have been previously approved by the facility. Keefe Commissary Network is not responsible for refused items, even if previously approved.
Q: What happens if I place an order and an item is out of stock or discontinued?
A: Out of stock or discontinued items will be substituted with a comparable item.
Q: What if something is broken, damaged or missing from my order?
A: Inmates are given the opportunity to review their order when it is distributed. If something is broken, damaged or missing the inmate is required to report it immediately and the item will be replaced at that time. We are unable to honor requests for broken, damaged or missing items once the inmate accepts the order.
Q: When will the inmate receive the package?
A: All packages are delivered on a weekly basis, according to the facility's delivery schedule. Orders are distributed to the inmates upon delivery.
Q: What happens if the inmate is moved or transferred before receiving a package?
A: If an inmate is transferred to another Los Angeles County facility, we will attempt to redeliver the package twice. The inmate or sender is required to contact us at 1-866-800-0582 to send package home within 14 days of transfer or release to advise the new facility or the home address. If we are unable to deliver the package, we will hold it for 14 days until the inmate or sender contacts us. If we have not been contacted within 14 days, no further packages will be shipped, no refunds will be issued.
Q: How do I track a package or check on an order?
A: Tracking information is not available for this program. To find out when a package will be delivered to the facility, please view the delivery schedule.
Q: What is the return policy on the products?
A: Returns are not accepted; refunds will not be issued. Inmates are given the opportunity to review their order when it is distributed. If there is an issue with the order, the inmate is required to report it immediately and the issue will be handled at that time. We are unable to honor requests for issues with gift packs once the inmate accepts the order.
Q: Will the products be delivered in original packaging or be poured into clear baggies?
A: Keefe Commissary Network sells solely to the correctional market and offers the largest selection of coffee, ready-to-heat meals, drink mixes, and seafood products in clear re-sealable pouches. All of these items are manufactured with quality materials and are delivered to the institutions without being opened or altered. Therefore, the inmate is guaranteed to receive the product that was ordered without question.
What is the Maximum Amount I can Deposit in an Inmate's Account?
LA County Jail limits individual deposits to an inmate's account to $200 at any one time, however an inmate can have up to $900 on their account at any given time.
What can an Inmate Purchase through Commissary?
Buying Commissary for an Inmate Online, and Buying Commissary from inside the jail at the LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail
The LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail and the entire LA County Sheriff’s Jail System uses an outside vendor called Keefe Commissary Network.
Keefe Commissary Packs can either be purchased by you online - using your credit or debit card, or by the inmate - using money that you or someone else deposits into their account. Complete information on how to mail an inmate money or how to deposit money with the LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail is above, on this page.
The LA County Jail limits an inmate’s commissary purchases from Keefe Commissary Network to $60.00 per week.
Keefe Commissary Network only accepts Visa or Mastercard Credit or Debit Cards.
There are ten different Keefe Commissary Packs available for purchase, ranging in price from $12.00 to $60.00 each.
One of the packs is a Hygiene Kit (shampoo, soap, lotion, deodorant and toothpaste) and there is one that contains healthy relatively healthy food like oatmeal, crackers and sugar free fruit.
The other eight Commissary Packs are comprised of different quantities of junk food (chips, cookies, candy, etc.), Ramen Noodles, juices, pepperoni, etc.
In jail, commissary items are the currency used by inmates and just like in the real world, everyone likes to have their own money as one’s needs change daily.
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.
WHY DOES AN INMATE NEED MONEY IN THEIR ACCOUNT AT THE LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail?
An inmate in the LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail needs money in their account to either purchase prepaid calling time from GTL Connect Network, also known as AdvancePay or to purchase commissary items from the Keefe Commissary Network, the outside Vendor that the LA County Jail System contracts with to deliver food and hygiene items to inmates.
In truth, if you are the sole provider of money for an inmate and you need to control their expenses, they really don’t need to have any money sent to their account because you can both order commissary for them online and also open an account with GTL Connect Network to pay for their prepaid phone calls to you.
If money is not an issue and you have no problem sending an inmate funds on a regular basis, then the instructions on this page on how to send money to an inmate in the LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail will be very useful.
Keep in mind that when you purchase prepaid calling time, which for the LA County Jail is $0.21 per minute, there is a fee of $3.00 when you purchase time automatically and $5.95 if you use a live agent over the phone.
**NOTE: Both Keefe Commissary Network and GTL Connect Network only take Visa or Mastercard Credit or Debit Cards.
Also, keep in mind that when an inmate has money in their account which you have deposited there, they can make phone calls to anyone they choose to (provided there is NOT a ‘no contact’ order in place from law enforcement). However, when you control the GTL phone account, the inmate can only call your phone number.
LA County commissary purchases are limited to $60.00 per week, regardless of who pays for it. If they have the money in their account then they can pick and choose a Commissary Pack that suits their needs that week, whether it be items they want for themselves or ‘debts’ that they may owe others.
Not surprisingly, quite 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 LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central 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.