Marin County Jail Inmate Tablet Rental

Marin County Jail

13 Peter Behr Drive
San Rafael, CA 95213-5216



How Does an Inmate Rent a Tablet at Marin County Jail

Marin County Jail allows inmates access to tablets to use for the services provided by GTL (aka Viapath Technologies)

Follow the instructions below to get a tablet for your inmate at Marin County Jail

The devices are similar to common handheld tablets, but are made exclusively by GTL and Viapath.
Tablets offer specialized content and services for inmates to use during their stay at Marin County Jail, such as:

  • Music
  • Books
  • Games
  • Education
  • News
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Read mail and messages
  • Video visits

Free services are already available for use on the device at Marin County Jail.
Subscription services are funded separately by family and friends with deposits made into an inmate’s Debit Link account.
Marin County Jail Inmates will then be able to purchase subscription services and premium content to enjoy.

What It Costs
Tablet devices include some services and the content is free.
The subscription services require additional funding.
There may be multiple options such as 7-day or 30-day subscriptions.
Costs are dependent upon the available services and what the Marin County Jail charges.

To estimate costs for tablets and other services such as phone calls, sign in to your account and click “Rate & Fees Calculator” in the footer (bottom of the page).

How to Deposit Money in an Inmate's Trust Account in Order to Purchase Prepaid Calling Cards or Phone Calling Time

To Deposit Money in an inmate's account follow these steps:

  • Create a ConnectNetwork account 
  • Select your inmate, and add to them to your account,
  • Deposit money into his or her commissary account.

**NOTE** GTL is in a transition merging into a new company called ViaPath Technologies.


  • Deposit options available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via phone 877-650-4249, and online.
  • Mobile-friendly deposit options are available via their app.
  • Deposits and payments made through automated channels (ConnectNetwork Website, Mobile App, Toll Free Phone, or Kiosk at the jail) are transmitted to the facility within one business day.
  • Deposits that are mailed are processed the next business day after they are received by GTL.
  • Inmate can choose how to spend the funds you deposit.

All the information you need to understand depositing money into an inmate's trust fund, specifically for phone calls in Marin County, can be found on our Send Money Page.


How to use a Tablet to Access Services at Marin County Jail

To find out how to get access to a tablet for inmate read the following:

1.  First, Register or Sign In to GTL / Viapath Services.

2.  In the top menu, click on 'Services', then on 'Inmate Devices & Content'.
3. All inmates have free access to the tablets to read their letters from family & friends, but there are many other services available to keep your inmate busy while incarcerated... such as Games, Books, Music and Movies. These other services come with fees that you can pay for when you pay for phone service.

To learn more about Tablet Rentals for inmates, including the cost, all the services available and everything else you need to know, check out our Tablet Rental Page.


How to Email an Inmate at the Marin County Jail

Follow these instructions on how to arrange secure messaging (aka email and texting) of an inmate at the Marin County Jail

  • Sign in to GTL, or Register if you haven't already.
  • Select Marin County Jail.
  • Select your Inmate.
  • Using a credit or debit card, purchase credits to send messages, and, depending on the facility, purchase additional credits to receive responses from your inmate.
    Compose a message, attach credits for a reply…and send!

You can also send photos and videos to your inmate, along with your message.
For all the information you need to know regarding using GTL to send messages, photos and videos, how much it costs, tips and guidelines and more, check out our 
Text/Email an Inmate Page.


How to Arrange Video Visitation with Marin County Jail Inmates

Follow these instructions to schedule and then visit an inmate using GTL.

  • Register yourself and all visitors.
  • Select Marin County Jail
  • Select your inmate.
  • Schedule your preferred time for the visit.

For all the information you need to know regarding scheduling, cost, rules, tips and guidelines of inmate visits at the Marin County Jail, check out our Visit Inmate Page.


How Do You Communicate with an Inmate in the Marin County Jail by Phone

Follow these instructions on how to open an account with GTL Connect Network (aka Viapath Technologies)

  • Advance Pay - This phone account allows you to prepay so that your inmate can call you (and only you) whenever he/she wants and the cost of each call is deducted from your balance. You can even be notified by text when your balance gets low. You still have the option of accepting or rejecting each call.
  • Pin Debit  -  This option allows you to fund an inmate's commissary account and lets him pay for phone calls to you and others with the money. You will have no control over who your inmate calls.
  • Voicemail  -  You can leave a secure voicemail without having to contact the facility. When you call the local phone number for a facility offering Inmate Voicemail (call Customer Service at 877-650-4249 to get the local voicemail number for Marin County Jail, you will be informed of the cost for leaving a message. To leave your message, simply select the inmate by ID number. Then, record your voicemail.

For full instructions on the Marin County Jail Inmate Phone Syste, what the costs are, how it works, and tips and guidelines on rules, regulations and saving money on calls, check out our Send Money Page.


How to Send a Secure Email Message to an Inmate in Marin County

To send a secure email message to an inmate in Marin County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register with Access Corrections by creating an account.
  • Select California, then select Marin County Jail, and then the inmate you want to send your message to.
  • Choose the amount of money you want to spend, and input your payment method. The funds can also be used by the inmate to send a message back to you.
  • NOTE: All messages between you and your inmate will be permanently recorded and seen by the staff and could be used against your inmate in court.

For all information on how to Text/Email an Inmate in Marin County Jail check out our Secure Messaging Guide for Marin County.


How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in Marin County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Marin County Jail follow these steps:

  • Select California, then select Marin County Jail, and then select the 'Send a Package Order' option.
  • Register and create an account with Access Securepak, for Marin County.
  • Choose the inmate and the products you want shipped to them, and input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Marin County at any one time.

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in Marin County Jail check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Marin County.


How to Send Money to an Inmate in Marin County

To send commissary money to an inmate in Marin County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register with Access Corrections by creating an account.
  • Select California, then select Marin County Jail, and then the inmate you want to send money to.
  • Choose the amount of money you want to send, and input your payment method.

For all information on how to Send Money to an inmate's account check out our full money and commissary guide for Marin County Jail.