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Orange County Central Women’s Jail Inmate Commissary

550 N. Flower Street
Santa Ana,
Orange County
Main Phone: 714-834-5955
Beds: 2664
The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Orange County Central Women’s Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Santa Ana, 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 Orange County Central Women’s 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.

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 Orange County Central Women’s Jail

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

Choice 1
Dropping Money at the Jail

You can do it in person at the jail. Fee-free transactions (CASH ONLY DEPOSITS) are available at the lobby kiosks on Mondays between 4 am and 8 am, on Tuesdays between 11 am and 3 pm, and Wednesdays between 5 pm and 9 pm.

Personal checks, Cashier’s checks, and Traveler’s checks are NOT accepted for inmate accounts.

Money can be also placed on an inmate’s account at the following locations regardless of where the inmate is housed:

Intake Release Center (IRC)
550 N. Flower St.
Santa Ana, CA 92703


Theo Lacy Branch Jail
501 The City Dr S
Orange, CA 92868

Choice 2
Deposit Inmate Money Online

Orange County Central Women’s Jail requires the following steps to deposit money online to an inmate’s account.

Step 1: Click here to get inmate’s booking number or call 714-647-4666.

Step 2: Click here to select California, then Orange County and continue with next steps.

Step 3: Input credit/debit card information and click submit. 

Maximum deposit allowed is $100.

Service fees for online deposits are:

$0.00 - $19.99 = $3.99

$20.00 - $49.99 = $5.99

$50.00 - $99.99 = $7.99

$100.00 - $199.99 = $8.99

$200.00+ = 8% of Inmate Deposit

Note: Inmates at Orange County Jail cannot use money from this account to pay for phone calls. Phone calls are paid for separately.

Some inmates have a different maximum deposit allowed. You will be shown what that limit is as you go through the process. Attempting to deposit more than this amount will cause the transaction to be rejected.

Choice 3
Mail the Inmate Deposit to the Jail

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 it payable to the Orange County Sheriff Department. It must include inmate name and booking number on the reference line.  Click here for booking number.  Be sure to include a return address on the envelope.

Mail it to the housing location of the inmate. Call 714-647-4666 to find out housing assignment.

Central Women's Jail
550 N. Flower St.
Santa Ana, CA, 92703

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 http://ocsd.org/divisions/custody/jails/cashier or here {Money_deposit_Instructions} to view online how to make the money order out and where to send it.

Choice 4
Make an Inmate Deposit over the Phone

This facility 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.

        Toll Free Call: 888-497-2387

Inmates may have city/county/state/or United States Government checks and money orders deposited to their account.  Money orders must be made payable to the “Orange County Sheriff’s Department” and the inmate’s name and booking number must be shown on the reference line of the money order.

    Money orders may either be deposited at the Cashier’s office or mailed to the inmate through the U.S. mail. Government checks must be mailed to the inmate. This is for tracking purposes and because the inmates must endorse these checks before they can be deposited.

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 Orange County Central Women’s Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 714-834-5955.

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.

While this facility does not currently participate in a Care Package program, it will allow you to bring clothing to the jail for the inmate to swap out.

A clothing exchange form is completed by the person exchanging the clothes and is agreed to by the inmate. This may take several hours to complete.

Call (714) 647-7000 or (949) 770-6011 to find out more about this process.

What is the Maximum Amount I can Deposit in an Inmate's Account?

Deposited funds on inmate accounts may not exceed $500 and may not be transferred from the account of one inmate to the account of another inmate without the express permission of the Watch Commander.

Call Orange County Central Women’s Jail at 714-834-5955 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

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 Orange County Central Women’s Jail at 714-834-5955 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 Orange County Central Women’s Jail fees can be determined by going here or calling 714-834-5955.

Important Tips

Call the Orange County Central Women’s Jail at 714-834-5955 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.