The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Maricopa County Tent City Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Phoenix, Arizona.
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 Maricopa County Tent City 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.
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, jail inmates can now receive funds from anywhere in the world.
There are usually four choices for putting money on an inmate's books:
Dropping Money at the Jail
Bring money to the jail in person and use the TouchPay kiosks located in the lobby. Click here or here to see where to drop money off and whether it has to be cash or a money order. The kiosks accept debit/credit cards bearing a Visa or
MasterCard logo or you can deposit cash.
If you can't get your questions answered online call the Maricopa County Tent City Jail at Tent City Jail: 602-876-5551.
Maricopa County Tent City Jail and others use 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.
Maricopa County jails use TouchPay Payment Systems to process deposits for inmate accounts online.
to reach TouchPay Payment Systems. You must register an account. It is
free to register. You must use a debit/credit card to make deposits.
TouchPay also accepts deposits at retail locations throughout the country. Click here to see if there is an approved retail location near you.
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
Make the Money Order out to the inmate's name and put their Inmate ID# in memo section of the Money Order.
“For Deposit Only” somewhere on the outside of the envelope. This
alerts the jail staff it is a deposit for an inmate and explains why you
are sending an envelope. (The jail does not allow envelopes accept for
photos or deposits). Nothing except the money order or cashier’s check
can be in the envelope. Any notes, letters etc. will be destroyed.
Maricopa County Tent City Jail
2939 West Durango Road
Phoenix, AZ 85009
Maricopa County Tent City Jail at Tent City Jail: 602-876-5551 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.
Click here or here to view online how to make the money order out and where to send it.
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.
Call 1-866-355-9593 to make a deposit by phone.
Click here to find out about making a deposit over the 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.
Inmates who have less
than $1 on their accounts for seven consecutive days can order an
indigent commissary pack. This consists of personal hygiene items, a
pencil and three pre-metered postcards.
The Maricopa County Tent City Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling Tent City Jail: 602-876-5551.
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.
Call the jail to see if it currently participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to order one for an inmate.
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 Maricopa County Tent City Jail at Tent City Jail: 602-876-5551 or click here to learn the Inmate Account deposit limits and other rules regarding depositing money on an inmate's books.
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 Maricopa County Tent City Jail at Tent City Jail: 602-876-5551 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 Maricopa County Tent City Jail fees can be determined by going here or calling Tent City Jail: 602-876-5551.
Call the Maricopa County Tent City Jail at Tent City Jail: 602-876-5551 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.