The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Santa Cruz County Jail - Blaine Street Women's Facility Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Santa Cruz, 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 Santa Cruz County Jail - Blaine Street Women's Facility, 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
There are self-serve kiosks available 24-hours-per-day in Main Jail Lobby or the Rountree - Medium Facility. The kiosks accept cash, credit or debit cards.
You will need the inmates first and last name and inmate number.
Click here to locate inmate’s ID#.
The jail does not accept in-person deposits for inmates other than through the kiosks.
Santa Cruz County Jail - Blaine Street Women's Facility contracts with a third-party vendor to process online deposits to inmate accounts. Click here to get started. You must use a debit or credit card that bears a VISA or MasterCard logo.
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.
Inmate Name, Inmate S#
Blaine Street Facility
141 Blaine Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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 does not accept deposits to inmate accounts by 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 Santa Cruz County Jail - Blaine Street Women's Facility Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here and here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 831-454-2420.
This jail does have a care package program in which you can purchase groups of commissary items and have them sent directly to your inmate.
You must use a credit/debit card to make purchases.
Click here to view the packages and set up your account.
There is no maximum on the amount of money you can put 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.
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 Santa Cruz County Jail - Blaine Street Women's Facility at 831-454-2420 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 Santa Cruz County Jail - Blaine Street Women's Facility fees can be determined by going here or calling 831-454-2420.
If possible get in touch with other friends and family members to see who is depositing money to the inmate account. Some families coordinate taking turns to relieve the financial burden.
Call the Santa Cruz County Jail - Blaine Street Women's Facility at 831-454-2420 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.