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Placer County Jail Inmate Commissary

2775 Richardson Drive
Placer County
Main Phone: 530-745-8500
Beds: 408
The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Placer County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Auburn, 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 Placer 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.

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 Placer County Jail

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

Choice 1
Dropping Money at the Jail

Bring money to the jail in person. Deposits are accepted from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. seven days a week.

Choice 2
Deposit Inmate Money Online

Placer County Jail does not contract with an online vendor to process inmate deposits. This policy can change at any time. .

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 the Money Order out to the inmate's name and put their Inmate ID# in memo section of the Money Order. Instructions to retrieve your inmate’s ID number can be found on by clicking here and then selecting the “inmate search” tab.

Your name and complete address must appear on the money order and on the envelope. You cannot send more than $80 or it will be returned to you.

Mail to:

Inmate’s first and last name and Inmate ID #

C/O Placer County Jail
2775 Richardson Drive

Auburn, CA 95603

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.

Choice 4
Make an Inmate Deposit over the Phone

This jail does not accept deposits to inmate accounts 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 Placer County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 530-745-8500.

Inmate Care Packages

This jail does not participate in an inmate Care Package program. The policy can change in the future.

Call {mail_type_of_mail_telephone} or click here or here to see if the Placer County Jail participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.

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

You cannot deposit more than $80 in the form of a money order.

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 Placer County Jail at 530-745-8500 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 Placer County Jail fees can be determined by going here or calling 530-745-8500.

Important Tips

Call the Placer County Jail at 530-745-8500 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.

If you send a money order larger than $80 it will be returned to you. If the money order is not completed properly it will be returned to you.

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.