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Cowlitz County Jail

Address:
1935 First Ave.
Longview, WA 98632

Phone:

360.577.3094

Inmate Money Deposit & Commissary Instructions for Cowlitz County Jail

Cowlitz County Jail uses Access Corrections Secure Deposits (also known as 'Smart Deposit') for depositing money into an inmate's account. 

The information below provides you complete instructions regarding the Cowlitz County Jail:
- Inmate Accounts and Deposits,
- Commissary Information,
- Depositing Money Online,
- Mailing Inmate Money, and
- What 'property' Cowlitz County Jail inmates are allowed to have in jail and/or have dropped off to them.
Follow the instructions below on this page 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's books for Inmate Communications at Cowlitz County Jail

Depositing Money for Communicating with an Inmate

How to Make a Deposit for Phone, Email or Visitation using GettingOut.com

Cowlitz County Jail uses GettingOut for some or all of its communication services with an inmate.

If you want to deposit money using this company for your use or your inmate's account, there are four ways to do it:

  • Online - They accept all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
  • At the Cowlitz County Jail using the kiosk in the jail lobby - (cash, debit or credit card) NOTE - Cowlitz County Jail may require identity verification so bring your driver’s license or some other form of ID.
  • By phone by calling 866-516-0115 - They have bi-lingual operators are standing by 24 hours 7 days a week to assist you with your deposit. Major credit cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
  • By using their app, either Android or iphone. - All credit cards mentioned above are accepted.

Occasionally, it may take up to 72 hours for funds to be active on an inmate Trust & Commissary account, however most people experience deposits are available immediately.

Inmate Money Deposit Instructions for Cowlitz County Jail

There are multiple ways to add money to an inmate's account at Cowlitz County Jail, using Access Corrections Secure Deposits

1. Online - Making a deposit using a verified Visa or Mastercard online, or using their Apple or Android App.
2. By phone - Dial 866.345.1884 to reach their 24/7 Access Corrections domestic call centers.
3. Jail Lobby Kiosk - Kiosks accept cash, credit cards, and debit cards.
4. Mail-in Lockbox - Friends or Family who do not have a credit or debit card can mail money orders to their secure lockbox to make deposits to an inmate’s account. Depositors use a customized form that captures all needed information. Upon receipt, they process and post the deposits to the inmate's trust fund in approximately 48 hours.

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5. Walk-in Cash Deposits - Go to any Cash Pay Today location to deposit cash to your inmate's account.

Secure Deposits - Frequently Asked Questions
Secure Deposits - Video Tutorial on How it Works
Secure Deposits - Help Pages

Customer Service Contacts:
Phone: 866-345-1884
Email[email protected]
Online Chat - Look for 'bubble' on bottom right of the page linked here.

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.

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 $300 and $400. After signing up for Access Corrections Secure Deposits, and choosing your inmate, you will be instructed on what the maximum deposit and frequency is for your inmate and Cowlitz County Jail.

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 Cowlitz County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 360.577.3094.

Who can Add Money to 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.

Because of the ability for family members and friends to deposit money online using a credit or debit card at Access Corrections Secure Deposits, jail inmates at Cowlitz County Jail can now receive funds from anywhere in the world.

WHY DOES AN INMATE NEED MONEY IN THEIR ACCOUNT AT THE Cowlitz County Jail?

Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the Cowlitz County Jail, 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

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 Cowlitz County Jail at 360.577.3094 will let you know how much is deducted from the books for each fee related to medical issues or other jail expenses.

Online you can find the medical fee information by going here, Other Cowlitz County Jail fees can be determined by going here or calling 360.577.3094.

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 Cowlitz County Jail 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.

Depositing Money for Communicating with an Inmate

How to Make a Deposit for Phone, Email or Visitation using GettingOut.com

Cowlitz County Jail uses GettingOut for some or all of its communication services with an inmate.

If you want to deposit money using this company for your use or your inmate's account, there are four ways to do it:

  • Online - They accept all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
  • At the Cowlitz County Jail using the kiosk in the jail lobby - (cash, debit or credit card) NOTE - Cowlitz County Jail may require identity verification so bring your driver’s license or some other form of ID.
  • By phone by calling 866-516-0115 - They have bi-lingual operators are standing by 24 hours 7 days a week to assist you with your deposit. Major credit cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
  • By using their app, either Android or iphone. - All credit cards mentioned above are accepted.

For all the information you need to know, including tips, guidelines and warnings about depositing money in a Cowlitz County Jail inmate's account for communication services, check out our Send Money page.


 

How Inmates Can Use a Tablet to Access Services at Cowlitz County Jail

To find out how to get access to a tablet for inmate read the following:

1.  First, Register or Sign In to GettingOut/GTL

2.  Purchase the services you want for your Cowlitz County Jail inmate.
3. All inmates have free access to the tablets to read their letters from family & friends, but there are many other services available to keep your inmate busy while incarcerated... such as Games, Books, Music and Movies. These other services come with fees that you can pay for when you pay for phone service.

To learn more about Tablet Rentals for inmates, including the cost, all the services available and everything else you need to know, check out our Tablet Rental Page.


 

How to Communicate with an Cowlitz County Jail Inmate by Mail and by Email

To mail or email an inmate in Cowlitz County follow these steps:

When mailing a letter or postcard to an inmate, please address your mail as follows:
Inmate's First and Last Name
1935 First Ave.
Longview, WA 98632

  • All mail sent to an inmate at the Cowlitz County Jail must include the sender's name and mailing address in the top left corner of the envelope or postcard.
  • Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and your letter destroyed.
  • The Cowlitz County Jail has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations. 
  • All the information you need to understand mail and email policies can be found on our Inmate Mail Page and our Text/Email an Inmate Page.

Emailing Messages & Photos

Facility_name_1} contracts with GTL GettingOut, the same service that handles iInmate Phone Systems and Video Visitation, for sending secure messages and photos between you and your inmate.
 
If you are not already registered, do so here, or Log in.

Then use the Facility Finder to:
1.  Select Cowlitz County Jail,
2. Add your inmate to your list of contacts,
3. Add a credit or debit card to cover your costs.

  • Messages can be up to 500 characters long, including punctuation. At the bottom of your message there is a 'character countdown' feature.  
  • After you click the “CONTINUE” button, you can review the cost to send your message to your inmate. You can also attach credits for your inmate to reply to your message.  Be sure to accept the Terms and Conditions and click the “SEND” button for your message to be successfully delivered to your inmate.
  • You can also send your Cowlitz County inmate photos and videos.

Customer Service Questions
'Online' Contact Form, or
Call   866-516-0115

Go here to this FAQ to get answers to how the transition to ViaPath from GTL and gettingout will affect your account.

All the information you need to understand mail and email policies for Cowlitz County can be found on our Inmate Mail Page and our Text/Email an Inmate Page.


 

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

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

  • Register with Access Corrections by creating an account.
  • Select Washington, then select Cowlitz 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.
  • 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.

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


 

How an Inmate Makes a Phone Call to You or Others from Cowlitz County Jail

To set up a phone account so that your inmate can call you from Cowlitz County do the following:

1. Enroll in an account with Securus Technologies.

2. Choose one of three account types, Securus Debit, Advance Connect or Direct Bill.
3. Choose [facility_name_1}, then connect with your inmate.
4. If you have any questions, call Securus: 972-734-1111 or 800-844-6591.

To find out fees, how to's, calling times, limits on phone calls and other systems Securus has do that you can communicate with your Cowlitz County inmate, check out our Inmate Phone Page.
NOTE: All of your inmate's phone calls are recorded and stored. It is advised not to discuss their pending case.


 

How to Schedule and Visit an Inmate in Cowlitz County Jail

To schedule and set up a visit, either at-the-jail or remotely from your home, follow these instructions:

  • Register and/or log in.
  • Select Cowlitz County Jail, then your inmate.
  • Review the days, available hours and the cost of remote and on-site visits in Cowlitz County.
  • Schedule your visit.

To get more complete instructions, and understand visit lengths, times, locations, fees and all the other rules including children, dress codes and more, check out or Visit Inmate Page.
NOTE: All visits are recorded and whatever you say and do will be monitored. It is best to never discuss sensitive information regarding your inmate's pending case.


 

How to Send Money to an Inmate in Cowlitz County

To send commissary money to an inmate in Cowlitz County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register with Access Corrections by creating an account.
  • Select Washington, then select Cowlitz County Jail, and then the inmate you want to send money to.
  • Choose the amount of money you want to send, and input your payment method.

For all information on how to Send Money to an inmate's account check out our full money and commissary guide for Cowlitz County Jail.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you deposit money in the Commissary Account of a Cowlitz County Jail inmate online?
For online deposits Cowlitz County Jail uses a third-party service called Access Corrections. You must first register with them. A link to them can be find on the page above. After registering, you can choose this facility, Cowlitz County Jail, then select the inmate you want to send money to, choose how much you want to send, then input a credit or debit card for payment. Your inmate will receive the money in his or her account immediately. Note that there is small fee for using this service. If you have any questions or you want to make a deposit over the phone, call Access Corrections at 866-345-1884. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Cowlitz County Jail.

Can you deposit money to an inmate directly at Cowlitz County Jail?
Yes, you can deposit money directly at Cowlitz County Jail either one of two ways: 1. There will be kiosk in the jail lobby which accepts cash, credit and debit cards. 2. You can mail a money order, made out to the inmate with his Inmate ID# number on it also, to the jail at: 1935 First Ave.
Longview, WA 98632. If you have any questions, call the jail at 360.577.3094. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Cowlitz County Jail.

Does the inmate have to be a member of my family in order to send money to them?
No. Anyone, as long as there is NOT a court-ordered 'no contact order' in place, can send money to an inmate in Cowlitz County Jail. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Cowlitz County Jail.

What is the maximum amount of money I can send to an inmate in Cowlitz County Jail?
The maximum deposit you can send an inmate at any one time is usually $300-400. This amount is subject to change however, so be sure to check with the Cowlitz County Jail by calling 360.577.3094 before sending a money order to them. If you are depositing money online using Access Corrections, or using the kiosk at the jail, you will be told the monetary limits by the system at the time of the deposit. In addition, Cowlitz County Jail will have a limit on how much the inmate can spend on commissary products in any given week. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Cowlitz County Jail.

How much can an inmate spend on commissary products each week?
Cowlitz County Jail updates the amount of money an inmate can spend on commissary each week from time to time, but generally the maximum amount they can spend will never exceed $125.00 per week. The kiosk you use at the jail to deposit money, or the website of Access Corrections, will always post the maximum amount an inmate can spend each week on commissary, but for confirmation you call call the jail directly at 360.577.3094. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Cowlitz County Jail.

What can an inmate in Cowlitz County Jail spend his money on?
Inmates in Cowlitz County Jail can use the commissary money that you deposit into their accounts to purchase phone cards, stamps, stationary supplies, snacks, candy, hygiene products and certain types of clothing allowed by the jail. If the facility has extra fees for medical visits or medication, it may also be used for that. Lastly, if the inmate's judge allows 'self-bail' and the inmate has the funds, he or she can use their funds to bond themselves out of custody. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Cowlitz County Jail or call the facility at 360.577.3094.

Can I make a deposit into a Cowlitz County Jail inmate's account anywhere else besides online or using the kiosk at the jail?
Yes. You can also make a deposit to an inmate's account who is incarcerated in the Cowlitz County Jail at the following walk-in cash payment companies: Cash Pay Today, Ace Cash Express and Western Union. In addition you can make a deposit using a credit or debit card over the phone by calling Access Corrections at 866-345-1884. Learn more about how and where to send money to an inmate in the Cowlitz County Jail.