Tangipahoa Parish Prison uses CommissaryDeposit.com for Inmate Money Deposits
Tangipahoa Parish Prison uses the services of CommissaryDeposit.com for you to securely send money to your inmate for phone and commissary purchases.
Sending an Inmate Money using CommissaryDeposit.com is a simple process:
The fees to send money directly to your inmate are as follows:
$0.01 - $25.00 = $3.25 + 3%
$25.01 - $100 = $4.50 + 3%
$100.01 to $200 = $6.00 + 3%
$200.01 & up = $7.50 + 3%
(*NOTE: The maximum allowed deposit is $260.00)
Commissary Purchase Option
If you prefer to send commissary items to your inmate in Tangipahoa Parish Prison instead of sending money to them, go here to order the items.
Commissary Order Fees
In addition to the items you purchase, you will pay a ‘service fee’ for each item selected.
The first item you select will cost you a fee of $2.00-3.00, and then an additional $0.35 to $0.50 for each item you select after that.
Tangipahoa Parish Prison only allows you to purchase a maximum amount of $200.00 worth of products at a time.
Items you may Purchase from CommissaryOrder.com
How to put money on an inmate's books at Tangipahoa Parish Prison
There are two options for putting money on an inmate's books:
Choice 1 - Deposit Inmate Money Online
Tangipahoa Parish Prison uses CommissaryDeposit.com 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.
Choice 2 - 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 985-748-3236 first to ask Tangipahoa Parish Prison if this option is still available.
Tangipahoa Parish Prison Commissary Instructions
Ordering from CommissaryOrder.com is a simple process:
What is the Maximum Amount You Can Add to an Inmate's Account?
All Jails have limits on how much money an inmate can have on the books at any one time.
They also have limits on how much you can deposit for an inmate at a time.
The standard monthly limit an inmate can spend is between $200 and $400.
Tangipahoa Parish Prison CommissaryDeposit.com maximum deposit is currently $260.00.
What Can You Purchase for an Inmate's Commissary at Tangipahoa Parish Prison
Clothing - thermals, underwear, bras, shoes.
Stationary, envelopes, stamps, playing cards, board games
Toiletries, hygiene, reading glasses, medicated creams, aspirin
Soda, energy drinks, coffee, packaged meats & fish, soups, cookies, chips, pastries.
Who can Purchase Commissary for Tangipahoa Parish Prison Inmates?
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 or purchase commissary using a credit or debit card, Tangipahoa Parish Prison inmates can now receive funds from anywhere in the world.
Why Do Inmates in Tangipahoa Parish Prison need Commissary?
Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the Tangipahoa Parish Prison, the jail, partnered with CommissaryDeposit.com 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.
Inmate accounts are also sometimes 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 Tangipahoa Parish Prison at 985-748-3236 will let you know how much is deducted from the books for each fee related to medical issues or other jail expenses.
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 Tangipahoa Parish Prison 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 purchase commissary online or send money for your inmate at Tangipahoa Parish Prison.