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LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center South Inmate Commissary


29330 The Old Road
Castaic,
California
91384
Los Angeles County
Main Phone: 213-473-6100
Beds: 1400
The information below provides complete instructions regarding the LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center South Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Castaic, California.

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.

What is the Purpose of an Inmate Account?

Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center South, 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.



Who Can Put Money in 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, jail inmates can now receive funds from anywhere in the world.



How to Put Money on an Inmate Account in the LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center South

There are usually four choices for putting money on an inmate's books:

Choice 1
Dropping Money at the Jail

Make the deposit in person at the jail. Self-service kiosks in the lobby accept cash, credit and debit cards.

You can also deposit the funds with the jail cashier between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Choice 2
Deposit Inmate Money Online

You can make a deposit online using a credit or debit card. Click here to look up your inmate. Once you locate the inmate, click the booking number link to the left of the name. Now look at the top center of the page that opens. If there is a deposit funds tab, click it and you can proceed with a credit or debit card to make a deposit.

If there is not a deposit funds/money tab showing it means the inmate cannot accept a deposit at this time.

Choice 3
Mail the Inmate Deposit to the Jail

This jail accepts mailed money orders and cashier’s checks for deposit to inmate accounts.
The money order or cashier’s check must be made payable to the inmate’s first and last name and booking ID #. Click here to locate the booking ID#.

Mail to:
Inmate’s first and last name and booking ID#

Inmate Name, Booking Number

P.O. Box 86164 Terminal Annex

Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164

Include a complete return address in the upper right corner of the envelope.

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.

Choice 4
Make an Inmate Deposit over the Phone

This jail does not accept inmate deposits by phone.



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. Some jails have several hundred different items.

The LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center South Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here and here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 213-473-6100.



Inmate Care Packages

Inmates at this jail can have care packages mailed to them. Click here to read Terms and Conditions of Use and Privacy Policy. You can click here to view packages, prices and place an order.



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 LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center South at 213-473-6100 or click here to learn the Inmate Account deposit limits and other rules regarding depositing money on an inmate's books.



Medical Copays, Jail Fees and other Inmate Expenses

Inmates at this jail do not pay for medical or dental visits. This policy can change at any time in the future. Click here to see if the jail currently charges for these or other fees.



Important Tips

Call the LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center South at 213-473-6100 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.

When using a credit card to make deposits, the following applies:
Payments:          Payments can be $20, $25, $30, $35, $40, $45 or $50

Payment Fees:   Each Payment requires a service fee of $2.49

Inmates:             Inmates are allowed 1 Payment every 24 hours

Credit Cards:     Can be used for 2 payments (2 different inmates) every 24 hours

Credit Cards:     Can be used to payment $200.00 every month

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.