Butler County Prison Sending Money
The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Butler County Prison:
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 Butler County Prison
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 Butler County Prison at 724-284-5256.
Choice 2 - Deposit Inmate Money Online
Butler County Prison 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 Butler County Prison at 724-284-5256 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 724-284-5256 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.
Butler County Prison Commissary Instructions
Butler County Prison contracts with Oasis Commissary (aka jailcanteen.com) for the online ordering of snacks and other foods, hygiene products, letter writing materials, clothing and reading glasses.
Family members and friends can go to their website, order for their inmate and have it delivered directly to Butler County Prison.
1. Register here first.
2. Confirm registration in your email.
3. Select your state, then facility, then input your inmate’s name.
4. Shop… then pay using a Visa, MC or Discover credit or debit card.
1. Each order incurs a $5.95 processing fee.
2. Orders are delivered once a week.
3. There is no limit to the number of orders you can place each week.
4. You can purchase orders for multiple inmates and/or at multiple jails.
5. Orders are processed weekly. The cutoff time is on Sunday at 11:59 PM.
6. Orders are delivered to the jail within ten days.
7. Returns incur a 20% restocking fee.
Customer Service Contact
Call 800-956-2747 Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST.
What is the Maximum Amount I can Deposit in an Inmate's Account?
Jails typically 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 $300 and $400.
Call Butler County Prison at 724-284-5256 or click here to learn the Inmate Account deposit limits and other rules regarding depositing money on an inmate's books.
What Can You Purchase for an Inmate's Commissary at Butler County Prison
OASIS is the Butler County Prison's outside vendor for Commissary Items. They have a very good mix of Chips, Snacks, Candy, Meat, Seafood, Hygeine products, and Letter writing materials for sale on their website.
Who can Purchase Commissary for Butler County Prison Inmates?
Anybody can purchase commissary for your inmate as long as there is not a 'no-contact order' in place, as this might get them in further trouble.
Because of the ability for family members and friends to purchase commissary online from Oasis using a Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card or Discover, you and your inmate have more options.
Why Do Inmates in Butler County Prison need Commissary?
Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody, the Butler County Prison allows the inmate's family and/or friends to purchase products online from Oasis.
This allows them to obtain items such as personal hygiene products, snacks, apparel, electronics and stationery supplies. Otherwise they go without, and you don't want them to be obligated to others for their basic needs.
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 Butler County Prison at 724-284-5256 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 Butler County Prison and ask to investigate. If an inmate is being targeted, they 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.