Manhattan Detention Complex Sending Money

Manhattan Detention Complex Sending Money

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Manhattan Detention Complex:

  • 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 Manhattan Detention Complex

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 Manhattan Detention Complex at 212-266-1500.

Choice 2 - Deposit Inmate Money Online

Manhattan Detention Complex 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 Manhattan Detention Complex at 212-266-1500 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 212-266-1500 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

Some jails have contract agreements with third party Commissary companies that ship predetermined Care Packages of candy and snacks.

These can be ordered by you online and are delivered directly to the inmate.

Click here to see if this facility participates in a care package program.

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

This facility does not limit the amount of money an inmate can have on his or her commissary account.

Inmates have a weekly spending limit of $125.

There is no limit on how much money can be sent at a time.  

Call Manhattan Detention Complex at 212-266-1500 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. Some jails have several hundred different items.

The Manhattan Detention Complex Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 212-266-1500.

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.

This facility offers several methods for putting money on an inmate’s account, including by phone, online, in person or by mail. Because of the available methods, friends and family can send money from anywhere in the world.

WHY DOES AN INMATE NEED MONEY IN THEIR ACCOUNT AT THE Manhattan Detention Complex?

Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the Manhattan Detention Complex, the jail maintains a 'bank account' for the inmate to purchase products and services from their commissary (canteen) store.


Inmates at this facility use their commissary funds to purchase items such as personal hygiene products, snacks and stationery supplies from the jail store.

Inmates can also use money from their account to purchase phone time to make outside phone calls to friends and family members.

Medical Copays, Jail Fees and other Inmate Expenses

This facility does not charge inmates for medical visits, medications, jail fees, etc.

A quick call to the Manhattan Detention Complex at 212-266-1500 will let you know if the policy has changed.

Important Tips

Call the Manhattan Detention Complex at 212-266-1500 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.

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.

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