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San Luis Obispo County Jail Inmate Commissary

1585 Kansas Ave.
San Luis Obispo,
San Luis Obispo County
Main Phone: 805-781-4600
Beds: 525
The information below provides complete instructions regarding the San Luis Obispo County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in San Luis Obispo, 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 San Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo County Jail

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

Choice 1
Dropping Money at the Jail

You can bring cash or a U.S. Postal money order to the jail in person. The window in the lobby accepts deposits to inmate accounts 24-hours per day, seven days per week. You must have the inmate’s first and last name and inmate ID on the money order. Click here to get the inmate’s ID.

Choice 2
Deposit Inmate Money Online

San Luis Obispo County Jail does not contract with an online company to process online deposits to inmate accounts. You must bring the deposit to the jail or mail it through the U.S. Postal Service.

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.

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.

Mail to:

Inmate’s first and last name and ID number

1585 Kansas Ave
PO Box 15409
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

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 San Luis Obispo County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 805-781-4600.

Inmate Care Packages

This jail provides care packages of commissary items for purchase. Click here to get started by registering a new free account. After you are registered you can sign in and see package contents and prices.

Care packages are pre-chosen items from the commissary list that are boxed or bagged together and sent to the inmate.

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

This jail does not limit the amount that you can deposit to an inmate’s account.

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 San Luis Obispo County Jail at 805-781-4600 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 Luis Obispo County Jail fees can be determined by going here or calling 805-781-4600.

Important Tips

Call the San Luis Obispo County Jail at 805-781-4600 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.