The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Broward County Main Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
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 Broward County Main 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.
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
You can make cash deposits through a kiosk located in the lobby of the jail.
Bring the exact amount you wish to deposit, as the kiosk will not provide change.
The money will be available to the inmate approximately 30 minutes after you make the deposit.
Cash deposits can be made seven days a week, 24-hours-per day.
To make a cash deposit you must know the inmate’s full name used in the arrest and the inmate’s arrest number. Click here to obtain that information.
If you can't get your questions answered online call the Broward County Main Jail at 954-831-5900.
This jail contacts with EZ Money to process online deposits made to inmate accounts.
Step 1: Click here and choose Broward County on the right side of the page.
Step 2: Choose a state from the drop down menu. Once done, all facilities/counties from that state that are serviced by EZ Card and Kiosk Company will appear.
Once you know the facility allows inmate deposits through this company, proceed to depositing funds by following these steps.
Step 1: Click on the facility or county.
Step 2: Choose a language you wish to read the instructions in. (English, Espanol or Tieng Viet).
Step 3: Choose DEPOSIT. By selecting the facility, it will automatically show you on this screen which services are offered for that facility. If no DEPOSIT or INMATE DEPOSIT etc appears, then the facility does not use this company for that service.
Step 4: Call the jail or check the jail’s online inmate search feature to verify the inmate’s correct name used during booking, the bail amount and the inmate booking number.
Step 5: Input booking number
Step 6: Agree to terms and services
Step 7: Input credit card information and amount. Screen will show you what that facility’s limits are.
Step 8: View fees and total due including the fees and your desired deposit amount.
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
Step 9: Submit.
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 full arrest name and arrest number (Click here to obtain that information)
Inmate’s full arrest name and arrest number (Click here to obtain that information)
PO Box 9356
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33310
Call Broward County Main Jail at 954-831-5900 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.
Click here or here to view online how to make the money order out and where to send it.
Western Union Quick Collect will accept deposits for inmate accounts at this facility.
Click here to get started.
Click on Bill Pay and choose Correctional Facility Options
Choose: BROWARD SHERIFF CASH BONDS OR BROWARD SHERIFF INMATE BANK
The following information must be used in making the deposit.
Pay to: Sheriff of Broward County
Code city & state: CANTEEN, FL
Account number: Inmate's name and arrest number (Click here to obtain that information)
Attention: Inmate's name, date of birth and purpose: commissary
Deposits can be made by phone by calling: 1-800-634-3422
If making a deposit online or by phone, you must use a debit/credit card.
You can also make a deposit in person using debit/credit card or cash at any Western Union location.
You must have the inmate’s full arrest name and arrest number to make phone or in-person deposits.
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 Broward County Main Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 954-831-5900.
This facility does offer Care Packages for purchase.
You can view the care packs and make your purchase by visiting the kiosk in the jail lobby.
Each inmate is allowed to receive one care pack per week. The week begins the day the inmate receives the care pack, not the day you purchase it.
You may deposit up to $300 for each inmate.
Call Broward County Main Jail at 954-831-5900 or click here to learn the Inmate Account deposit limits and other rules regarding depositing money on an inmate's books.
This jail deducts various fees from inmate accounts. If there is no money in the account, the inmate still receives the service and then deducts the amount as soon as a deposit is made to the inmate account.
A quick call to the Broward County Main Jail at 954-831-5900 will let you know how much is deducted from the books for each fee related to medical issues or other jail expenses.
Call the Broward County Main Jail at 954-831-5900 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.