Middlesex County House of Correction Sending Money

Middlesex County House of Correction Sending Money

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Middlesex County House of Correction:

  • Inmate Accounts and Deposits,
  • Commissary Information,
  • Depositing Money Online,
  • Mailing Inmate Money, or
  • Sending Care Packages 
  • Special Jail Fees

Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate has access to commissary, and in some cases medical and bail money, as soon as possible.

How to Put Money on an Inmate Account in the Middlesex County House of Correction

There are usually four choices for putting money on an inmate's books:

Choice 1 - Dropping Money at the Jail

Bring money to the jail in person. 

Jail personnel will process the Inmate Account payment.

Some jails have self-serve kiosks in the lobbies that accept cash, debit or credit cards.

If you can't get your questions answered online call the Middlesex County House of Correction at 978-667-1711.

Choice 2 - Deposit Inmate Money Online

Middlesex County House of Correction 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.

Go to the online site for depositing funds. You will need to register an account, which is free to do and use a debit/credit card for the deposits.

Choice 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 Middlesex County House of Correction at 978-667-1711 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 978-667-1711 to ask facility personnel who to make the money order out to, and where to send it.

Choice 4 - Make an Inmate Deposit over the Phone

Most of the online companies 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 jail does not currently offer care package purchases.

Click here to see if the policy has changed and if the jail now contracts with a third-party company to provide care package options.

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

Inmates are limited to $250 on their accounts at any given time. You are strongly encouraged to call the jail and get the current deposit before purchasing a money order or cashier’s check. The amount you deposit cannot put the inmate over that limit.

Call Middlesex County House of Correction at 978-667-1711 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 Middlesex County House of Correction Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 978-667-1711.

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.

If you wish to place cash on an inmate’s account, you must do it at the same time you come to visit. There is an automated machine available for your use at the jail. You will need to know the inmate’s full arrest name and institution number. Call 978-667-1711 to get that information.

WHY DOES AN INMATE NEED MONEY IN THEIR ACCOUNT AT THE Middlesex County House of Correction?

Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the Middlesex County House of Correction, 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

This facility does not charge inmates for medical visits, medications or other expenses.

You can find out if this policy has changed by going here, Other Middlesex County House of Correction fees can be determined by going here or calling 978-667-1711.

Important Tips

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 Middlesex County House of Correction 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 view the jail website for additional information.

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