The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Marin County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in San Rafael, 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.
Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the Marin 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.
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
This jail provides self-serve kiosks in the jail lobby so you can make deposits to an inmate’s account. You must use cash, debit or credit card.
Marin County Jail contracts with JPay.com to process online deposits to inmate accounts.
You must use a credit or debit card.
You must have the inmate’s first and last name and inmate ID number. Click here for the inmate ID #.
Click here to get started.
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. Click here to get the inmate’s ID.
Call Marin County Jail at 415-499-7316 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.
This jail permits Japay.com to accept deposits by phone to inmate accounts. Call 1-800-574-5729 to get started. You must have the inmate’s first and last name and inmate ID #. Click here to get the inmate’s ID.
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 Marin County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 415-499-7316.
This jail allows the public to purchase commissary items for inmates. You must register an account and use a debit or credit card to make your purchase.
Click here to view available items and prices and get started.
While there are maximum deposit amounts through the kiosk and Japy.com you can make more than one deposit if you wish for the inmate to have additional funds.
This jail does not charge inmates for medical care or processing. The policy can change at any time in the future.
Click here to see if the jail has begun charging fees to inmates.
Call the Marin County Jail at 415-499-7316 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 could be paying for him or her to gamble or buy drugs.
If you are concerned that your inmate is gambling or using drugs, you can make the purchases yourself, however, items can also be used as currency.
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.