The information below provides complete instructions regarding the San Bernardino County Central Detention Center Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in San Bernardino, 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 San Bernardino County Central Detention Center, 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
Use a kiosk provided in the jail’s lobby. The kiosk will not provide change, so bring the exact amount that you wish to deposit. To make a deposit to an inmate’s account you must have the inmate’s first and last name as well as the booking number. Click here to locate that information.
If you can't get your questions answered online call the San Bernardino County Central Detention Center at 909-384-9059.
San Bernardino County Central Detention Center does not have an online method to make deposits to inmate accounts. The only online assistance available is if you wish to purchase a care package as detailed below. To send a care package you must register a free account with the company. Click here to go to the site.
Click here to view online how to make the money order out and where to send it.
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.
Make the Money Order out to the inmate's name and put their Inmate booking ID# in memo section of the Money Order. Click here to locate that information.
Mail it to:
San Bernardino County Central Detention Center
Inmate first and last name and booking number
630 East Rialto Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0025
Call San Bernardino County Central Detention Center at 909-384-9059 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.
This facility contracts with Advanced Correction to accept deposits over the phone. You must use a credit or debit card to make the deposit. To do this you will need the inmate's booking number and full legal name. Click here to locate that information.
Call 1-866-345-1884 to register your account with customer service and make deposits.
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.
The San Bernardino County Central Detention Center Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 909-384-9059.
This jail contracts with Access SecurePak so that you can purchase care packages for inmates. . Click here to go to the site and view/purchase available packages.
These can be ordered by you online and are delivered directly to the inmate.
You can deposit up to $300 to an inmate’s account.
Call San Bernardino County Central Detention Center at 909-384-9059 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.
This facility charges $3.00 to the inmate account for each non-emergency medical visit. If the inmate does not have money in the account, a balance will be tracked and deducted when money is deposited to the account.
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 San Bernardino County Central Detention Center at 909-384-9059 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 San Bernardino County Central Detention Center fees can be determined by going here or calling 909-384-9059.
Call the San Bernardino County Central Detention Center at 909-384-9059 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.