Mercer County Jail Inmate Tablet Rental

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Mercer County Jail

Address:
4835 State Route 29
Celina, OH 45822

Phone:

419-586-5753

Rent a Tablet for an Inmate in the Mercer County Jail

Renting a Tablet for Mercer County Jail Inmates

Mercer County Jail provides tablets for inmates to use for phone and visitation communication, as well as for sending and receiving electronic messaging.

The tablets are provided by Inmate Sales.

The tablets are not connected directly to the internet, but instead to a server controlled by the Mercer County Jail.  This allows all communication between inmates and their contacts to monitored during calls and visits, as well as delays while written communication is reviewed.

Please note that while the jail may provide the tablet for free, there will be a cost for ongoing use of it for entertainment and educational purposes.

Mercer County Jail Inmate Tablet Use

Mercer County Jail now offers Inmate Sales Tablets to their inmates.


Inmate Sales also handles inmate phone systems, video visitations, email and texting (they call it chirping) and digital letters.

The tablets can be rented on a monthly basis (or are given to the inmate use for a limited time) and while not directly connected to the internet, the inmates can use them for the following activities:

  • Phone Calls - Inmates may make calls directly from their tablet allowing for more privacy. The rates are the same as the phones in the unit, and the calls are still recorded and monitored.
  • eMessaging - Communicate via a text based message or picture. Fee based system.
  • Job Search - Inmates have the ability to see what jobs are available when they are released.
  • Education - Free educational platform and course catalog that provides thousands of educational resources.
  • Self Help -Inmates have daily access to mental health and addiction recovery programming.
  • Music - Top-40, Hip-Hop, Country, Rock, Gospel, and more.
  • Law Library -  Legal research with up-to-date case information.
  • eBooks - Thousands of available titles.
  • Religion - Religious resources for spiritual guidance.
  • Games - Inmates can play their favorite games. Available through monthly subscriptions
  • Facility Services - Digital access to submitted forms, requests, facility documents, and notifications from staff.

Here's how it works:

  • Register here.  It is recommended you use Chrome or Firefox.
  • You get charged a full month even if it's only used for a partial month.
  • No activation or early termination fees.
  • Your inmate will recieve their tablet in 3-5 business days, after you pay.

Questions:

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Rent a Tablet for an Inmate in the Mercer County Jail

Does Mercer County Jail have tablets for the inmates to use?

You can find information about the Mercer County Jail’s tablet program at the top of this page. If there is no information about it, it is because they either have recently changed companies or are not yet providing this service for inmates. Call 419-586-5753 to confirm.

What can the inmates use the tablets for?

Inmates in jails and prisons are using tablets for all the communication services available such as video visitation, video phone calls, regular phone calls, and electronic messaging – which is like texting and email.

Tablets are also used for entertainment, such as watching movies, television shows, listening to music and reading e-books. It is also used for education, self-help information, and legal research.

Are the jail’s tablets connected to the internet?

No, they are not connected to the internet. All the messages, visits and programming goes through a system controlled by the company that provides the tablets, and through the jail. They control what each inmate sees. All messages are carefully screened and not delivered if the sender or the inmate violates jail policy.

How much do the tablets cost to use?

For accessing visits and messages, the tablets are free to us. Each unit has many of them, all provided by the company that has contracted with the jail. Of course, the video visits and messages have a fee and those are paid for by the inmate’s family and friends who use the service.

If inmates are supposedly being punished, why do they get access to tablets?

That’s the question a lot of people ask and don’t fully understand.

The way the jail staff looks at it, is that if they can keep the inmates busy and distracted, it makes it safer for them. 

Tablets also give them a certain power over controller an inmate’s behavior. For example, if an inmate knows that they will lose the privilege of having access to a tablet if they get into a fight or violate another rule or policy, they will be better behaved. 

Tablets are one of the few things that make an inmate feel as though they are free, and they don’t want to lose the privilege of having access to one.

What companies have tablets for jail and inmate use?

CIDNET
City Tele Coin
Gettingout
GTL
Homewav
IC Solutions
Inmate Sales
JailATM
J Pay
NCIC
Oasis
Paytel
Reliance
Securus
Smart Communications

What if an inmate breaks a tablet, do they have to pay for it?

Yes, if an inmate breaks a tablet, then they are responsible for paying for it. The money will come out of their commissary funds, so not only do they lose access to having a tablet as punishment, but they also won’t be able to purchase snacks on commissary.
 

How Do Inmates in Mercer County Jail Make Phone Calls?

To receive phone calls from inmates in Mercer County, or to assist them in making phone calls to other people, follow these steps:

  • Mercer County Jail uses the services of a company named Inmate Sales.
  • Register with them online or call them at 877-998-5678
  • Agents are available M-F from 8:00 AM - 12:00 midnight EST, Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM, and speak both English & Spanish.
  • Services for Mercer County inmates and their families and friends include: Collect Calling, PIN Debit, Purchasing Calling Cards, Deposits, Messaging & Video Visitation.

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Google Play app

For all the information regarding phone calls with Mercer County inmates; rules, policies, phone calling times, limits and more visit our Inmate Phone Page.


 

Mercer County Jail now offers Inmate Sales Tablets to their inmates.


Inmate Sales also handles inmate phone systems, video visitations, email and texting (they call it chirping) and digital letters.

The tablets can be rented on a monthly basis (or are given to the inmate use for a limited time) and while not directly connected to the internet, the inmates can use them for the following activities:

Here's how it works:

  • Register here.  It is recommended you use Chrome or Firefox.
  • You get charged a full month even if it's only used for a partial month.
  • No activation or early termination fees.
  • Your inmate will recieve their tablet in 3-5 business days, after you pay.

Questions:

iphone app download

Google Play download


 

How Do You Visit an Inmate in Mercer County Jail?

Other than 'at the jail' visits between you and your inmate at Mercer County Jail, which is explained and outlined in detail on our Visit Inmate Page, Mercer County remote video inmate visitation can be done using the services of Inmate Sales utilizing the following instructions:

In order to have a successful video visit with an inmate in Mercer County, these are the steps to follow:

  • Make sure you have a device a speaker, a camera and a connection to the internet.
  • Register with Inmate Sales.
  • Find Mercer County Jail
  • Select 'New Purchase'
  • Choose Mercer County Jail and a product (either 'Remote' or 'Onsite' Visit)
  • Enter your personal information and purchase minutes.
  • Schedule a visit.
  • Call 877-998-5678 if you have any questions.

* All the information you need to have complete knowledge about inmate visitation; policies, rules, fees, schedules, tips, dress codes, and children, lawyers and clergy visitation in Mercer County, can be found on our Visit Inmate Page.

Mercer County Jail Phone: 419-586-5753


 

Mercer County Jail Inmate Mail Policies and Address - What Can You Send, and Where?

For inmates receiving mail in the Mercer County Jail there are different addresses and policies depending on the inmate's status, as well as what type of mail they are receiving; personal mail, legal mail, subscriptions or books sent from a third-party such as Amazon.

All mail is to be shipped to the Mercer County Jail:
Inmate's Full Name & Inmate ID#
Mercer County Jail
4835 State Route 29
Celina, OH 45822


For complete information on mail policies, what you can send an inmate and what address to send them, check out our Inmate Mail page.


 

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

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

  • Register with Inmate Sales, the company that handles inmate messaging in Mercer County, by creating an account.
  • Select Ohio, then select Mercer 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.
  • If you want to pay by phone, call 877-998-5678.
  • 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.

-  Chirping is the product name for inmate texting.  
-  This product allows Mercer County inmates to send chirps (texts) to friends and family members.
-  Inmates will be charged a monthly service fee of $4.00.
-  Inbound and Outbound Chirps are $0.10 each.

Inmate Sales Apps

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Google Play app

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


 

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

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

  • Go to JailATM, choose Ohio, then choose Mercer County Jail
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate, and then you will be prompted to Register with them to open an account.
  • Select the products you want shipped to them at Mercer County Jail, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Mercer County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914

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


 

How to Deposit Money Online for an Inmate in Mercer County

To deposit money online for an inmate in Mercer County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register to open an account, or Sign In to JailATM, a service that acts as a bank for inmates in Mercer County.
  • After registering and signing in, select 'Send Money Now'.
  • Choose Ohio, then choose Mercer County Jail
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate.
  • Input an amount to deposit to your inmate in Mercer County Jail, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much money you can send your inmate in Mercer County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914.

For all information, tips and procedures for sending money to an inmate in Mercer County Jail, or depositing money at the jail, over the phone or by mail, check out our Send Money Page for Mercer County.


 

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