The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Anchorage Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Anchorage, Alaska.
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.
Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the Anchorage 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.
The only people allowed to put money on an inmate’s books at this facility are immediate family members or those who have had a previous visit with the inmate.
Immediate family includes:
There are usually four choices for putting money on an inmate's books:
Dropping Money at the Jail
This jail calls commissary funds “monetary gifts”. You are allowed to bring cash or money orders gifts to the Community Programs Office in the East-building lobby, Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 - 11:00 AM and 12:00 - 2:00 PM, excluding holidays.
Money orders have a 10-day hold before the inmate can access the funds. Cash is immediately acceptable.
Anchorage Jail does not contract with a company for online deposits to inmate accounts.
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 mail to:
Inmate’s first and last name
1400 East 4th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
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.
Click here to view online how to make the money order out and where to send it.
This jail does not accept deposits to inmate accounts by phone.
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 Anchorage Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 907-269-4100.
Care packages are pre-chosen items packaged together and sent to the inmate from a third-party vendor. They can include clothing, snacks and seasonal items.
When a jail allows the inmate to receive Care Packages they must come directly from an approved company that specializes in serving the inmates of jails.
This jail does not provide a care package program but the policy can change at any time.
There is no maximum to what you can deposit on an inmate’s account, however, the inmate is restricted to what can be spent each week.
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 Anchorage Jail at 907-269-4100 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 Anchorage Jail fees can be determined by going here or calling 907-269-4100.
If you mail a money order and you are not an immediate family member or someone who has visited in the past, it will be sent back. If there is no return address the money order will be kept in inmate property until his or her release.
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.