San Diego County Jail - East Mesa Re-Entry Facility Sending Money

San Diego County Jail - East Mesa Re-Entry Facility

446 Alta Rd., Suite 5200
San Diego, CA 92158



Touch Pay Inmate Commissary Deposits

San Diego County Jail - East Mesa Re-Entry Facility uses the services of Touch Pay for money deposits into inmate's commissary accounts.

It's a fast, reliable, secure, and convenient way to make payments. Touch Pay is a GTL/gettingout company.

  • Instantaneous posting of transactions.
  • Allows the acceptance and posting of transactions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • Accepts VISA/MASTERCARD branded credit/check cards and Kiosk deposits at the jail.

How to Put Money on an Inmate Account in the San Diego County Jail - East Mesa Re-Entry Facility

There are usually four options for putting money on an inmate's books:
Option 1 - Dropping Money at the Jail
Bring money to the jail in person. 
Either the jail personnel will process the Inmate Account payment or you will use a self-serve kiosk in the lobbies that accepts cash, debit or credit cards.
Option 2 - Deposit Inmate Money Online
San Diego County Jail - East Mesa Re-Entry 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.
Option 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 San Diego County Jail - East Mesa Re-Entry Facility at 619-210-0334 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 619-210-0334 to ask facility personnel who to make the money order out to, and where to send it.
Option 4 - Make an Inmate Deposit over the Phone
Most of the online companies that provide deposit services 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

This facility does offer a care package program. These can be ordered by you online and are delivered directly to the inmate.

Click here to see the packs currently being offered.

Click here to choose a pack and place the order.  

What is the Maximum Amount I can Deposit in an Inmate's Account?

Inmates are allowed to have up to $500 on the books at any given time. If your deposit will put the inmate’s account over the $500 limit, your credit/debit card will only be charged the amount that takes the account to $500.

For example, if the inmate has $460 on the books and you attempt to make a $50 deposit, your credit/debit card will only be charged $40 plus the processing fee.

Call San Diego County Jail - East Mesa Re-Entry Facility at 619-210-0334 or click here to learn the Inmate Account deposit limits and other rules regarding depositing money on an inmate's books.

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 San Diego County Jail - East Mesa Re-Entry Facility Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 619-210-0334.

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 San Diego County Jail - East Mesa Re-Entry Facility?

Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the San Diego County Jail - East Mesa Re-Entry 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.

This facility does not currently charge inmates for medical visits.

A quick call to the San Diego County Jail - East Mesa Re-Entry Facility at 619-210-0334 will let you if the policy has recently changed.

Important Tips

Call the San Diego County Jail - East Mesa Re-Entry Facility at 619-210-0334 and ask how you can view a commissary list. This gives you an idea of what things cost the inmate and you can make an informed decision regarding how much to deposit.

The maximum deposit to an inmate’s account is $500.

Inmates at this facility are allowed to have up to $500 on their commissary accounts at any given time. If your attempted deposit amount will put the inmate over $500, your credit card will only be charged the amount that will take the account to $500.

You will receive a confirmation number by email as soon as your payment clears. The inmate also receives a notification.

Deposits are typically available 24 hours following it being processed. Deposits are processed Monday through Friday. Any deposit made after 2 p.m. is processed the following business day, which means if you make a deposit after 2 p.m. on a Friday, the funds will not be available until Monday.

Deposits are not processed on holidays.

Refunds cannot be requested by those who put money on an inmate’s books, even if you accidentally put them on the wrong inmate’s account. Double check the booking number, inmate name and deposit amount before completing the transaction.

A non-refundable service charge of $4.25 is added to all transactions.

Inmates can be permanently restricted from receiving website orders for various reasons including, but not limited to, fraudulent orders, making false claims regarding Commissary orders, etc. This permanent restriction also includes orders for inmates that are rebooked under a different booking number.

Credit cards will go through an address verification system for each transaction. Credit cards from providers without such a system will be rejected.

Inmates housed in "Pre-Arraignment" housing units will not have access to their booking accounts to purchase Commissary until they are transferred out of the unit. This could take up to seven days. They will still be able to purchase phone time. When they are transferred out of the unit, they will have full access to their account to purchase Commissary.

Not surprisingly much of an inmate's commissary money is used to purchase item's to pay gambling debts or purchase prescription medicine from another inmate. If your inmate is spending more than $3-4.00 a day on commissary items, you are paying for him or her to gamble or buy drugs.

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.

How an Inmate Makes a Phone Call to You or Others from San Diego County Jail - East Mesa Re-Entry Facility

To set up a phone account so that your inmate can call you from San Diego County do the following:

1. Enroll in an account with Securus Technologies.

2. Choose one of three account types, Securus Debit, Advance Connect or Direct Bill.
3. Choose [facility_name_1}, then connect with your inmate.
4. If you have any questions, call Securus: 972-734-1111 or 800-844-6591.

To find out fees, how to's, calling times, limits on phone calls and other systems Securus has do that you can communicate with your San Diego County inmate, check out our Inmate Phone Page.
NOTE: All of your inmate's phone calls are recorded and stored. It is advised not to discuss their pending case.


How to Deposit Money into an Inmate's Account in San Diego County Jail - East Mesa Re-Entry Facility

To deposit money into the account of an inmate in San Diego County, follow these instructions:

  • Create an account with Touchpay Services, a GTL company.
  • Select California.
  • Select San Diego County Jail - East Mesa Re-Entry Facility
  • Enter the Inmate ID of your inmate.  This can be found by calling 619-210-0334 or by looking up the inmate's name in the Inmate Search link above.
  • Enter your billing information and send money.
  • You can also deposit cash using the kiosk at the San Diego County Jail - East Mesa Re-Entry Facility

For all the information you need regarding making an inmate deposit, what it costs, how much you can send, how long it takes for your inmate to receive funds and more, check out our Send Money Page.


How to Schedule and Visit an Inmate in San Diego County Jail - East Mesa Re-Entry Facility

To schedule and set up a visit, either at-the-jail or remotely from your home, follow these instructions:

  • Register and/or log in.
  • Select San Diego County Jail - East Mesa Re-Entry Facility, then your inmate.
  • Review the days, available hours and the cost of remote and on-site visits in San Diego County.
  • Schedule your visit.

To get more complete instructions, and understand visit lengths, times, locations, fees and all the other rules including children, dress codes and more, check out or Visit Inmate Page.
NOTE: All visits are recorded and whatever you say and do will be monitored. It is best to never discuss sensitive information regarding your inmate's pending case.